Case Study #1: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Learning Objectives

Case 1 describes a patient’s experience of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) with a history of asthma. The interprofessional collaboration is role modelled between nursing, medical radiology, medical laboratory, and healthcare workers in the emergency department.

Note: The story told here is used in case 1 and case 2. The simpler version in case 1 can be used to teach novice students about health case studies. Case 2 reintroduces the patient from case 1 and expands her story with more details for more advanced study.

Learning Objectives

In this case, learners have an opportunity to:

  1. Review etiological factors (i.e., risk factors, prevalence, co­morbidities) associated with respiratory disease
  2. Build knowledge related to the patient’s experience of respiratory disease
  3. Continue to develop comprehensive assessment, monitoring skills, and abilities (e.g., respiratory assessment, diagnostic studies, laboratory data)
  4. Develop and justify optimal therapy based on the current understanding of the pathophysiology of COPD and available clinical evidence
  5. Recommend interventions based on the risk factors, status, and progression of respiratory disease
  6. Define the roles of healthcare professionals and the contributions they make to the healthcare team (or describe your own role and the roles of those in other professions)

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