Appendices: Case study for Pneumonia

Learning Objectives

Jennifer Kong

Learning Objectives

In this case, learners have an opportunity to:

  1. Review etiological factors (i.e., risk factors, prevalence, co­morbidities) associated with respiratory disease and pneumonia.
  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 pneumonia, based on available clinical evidence
  5. 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)
  6. 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.


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