Appendices: Case Study for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Pneumonia

Learning Objectives

Glynda Rees; Rob Kruger; Glynda; Kruger; and Janet Morrison

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)


This case  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 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.  Miki’s story can be found at Patient: Miki Huang


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