Appendices: Case study for Pneumonia
In this case, learners have an opportunity to:
- Review etiological factors (i.e., risk factors, prevalence, comorbidities) associated with respiratory disease and pneumonia.
- Build knowledge related to the patient’s experience of respiratory disease
- Continue to develop comprehensive assessment, monitoring skills, and abilities (e.g., respiratory assessment, diagnostic studies, laboratory data)
- Develop and justify optimal therapy based on the current understanding of the pathophysiology of COPD and pneumonia, based on available clinical evidence
- List 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)
- Define the roles of translator and patient advocate and explain the persons who can fulfill that role.
This case describes a patient’s experience of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) with a new diagnosis of pneumonia. The interprofessional collaboration is role modelled between nursing, medical radiology, medical laboratory, respiratory therapist, physiotherapist, and healthcare workers in the emergency department and medical units.
Note: The core story told here is used in both Erin Johns and Miki Huang case studies. Erin Johns is a simpler version with the patient being a native English speaker and her own patient advocate. The Miki Huang case reintroduces the storyline but expands her story – as a non-English speaker and relying on family to be her advocate – along with more details for more advanced study in health sciences.