Self-Care in Chronic Illness, 5 higher education credits
Egenvård vid kronisk sjukdom, 5 högskolepoäng
Entries/Anmälan Self-care in chronic illnes
Time: Week 37-39 2020, first week on campus, remaining time on-line
The course will be open for application until 19 May.
Number of participants: 10-20
Self-care is a term used to encompass healthy behaviour, treatment adherence, and decision-making. For various types of illness, physiological, psychological, ethical, behavioural, situational, social and cultural factors influence how well patients make the transition from health to illness and the performance of self-care behaviours.
Self-care is essential in the long-term management of chronic illness. One challenge faced by clinicians is understanding the complex process of self-care and to develop appropriate, theory-driven interventions that support patients and their caregivers to maintain their health and manage their chronic illness.
This course introduces definitions, predictors, measurements, and outcomes of self-care in chronic illness. Literature from various disciplines will be used to provide a broadened perspective of the self-care construct, theories and models and various issues that patients face when dealing with chronic illness.
For the first week students need to attend the lectures and seminars on campus (Linköping University, Sweden). For the second week students require a personal computer and access to internet connection.
The course is taught in English and is open for PhD students.
Prerequisites and admission
Entry requirement for studies on third-cycle education courses
- second-cycle degree,
- 240 credits in required courses, including at least 60 second-cycle credits, or
- acquisition of equivalent knowledge in some other manner
PhD students are admitted according to the following priority order:
1- PhD students registered at the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences or PhD strongly associated with the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences registered at other faculties within Linköping University
2- PhD students registered at other faculties within Linköping University
3- Graduate students registered at other universities
Participation of other students than above is only possible if there are fewer applicants from the above groups than there are places available.
Educational methods and examination
Educational methods applied in this course are lectures, web-lectures, seminars, individual assignments and group activities. Active participation in lectures, group activities and seminars are mandatory for a passing grade.
The exam consists of an individual written assignment.
Learning objectives in short
By the end of the course the students will be able to describe self-care and analyse factors related to self-care from different disciplinary perspectives. They will have the skills to apply theories, models and tools for the study and assessment of self-care in specific illness groups. They will also be able to reflect on the ethical problems in relation to self-care.
Course leader: Tiny Jaarsma
Examinator: Anna Strömberg
Administrator: Nora Östrup
Last updated: 2020-02-07