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Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Interdisciplinary Management of Cardiopulmonary Health and Disease - Pulmonary Focus

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Want to explore more about common pulmonary diseases and their management?

Don't miss this FREE online course conducted by a team of dedicated healthcare professionals!

This course will equip you with the knowledge relevant to pulmonary diseases and broaden your understanding on the patient’s journey in healthcare from a holistic perspective – starting from symptoms emerge to the disease diagnosis and assessment, and finally, disease management in an interdisciplinary approach. In addition, as psychological intervention is also an important part in the all-round care of patients, this course also covers topics about the psychosocial needs of patients and caregivers.

If you are a graduate or a student currently taking a degree in medicine, nursing, or allied health, you can refresh your knowledge here and gain a new insight from the interdisciplinary perspective!

If you are currently suffering from these diseases; or taking care of patients with pulmonary diseases; or anyone who is interested in this field, you are also encouraged to take this course to have better understanding on these topics!

No prerequisite is needed!

Join us to learn more about the interdisciplinary management of common pulmonary diseases!










Week 1: Module 1 - Anatomy and Physiology

• What is Respiration?

• External and Internal Respiration

• Regulation of the Rhythmicity

Week 2: Module 2 - Understanding of the Diseases & Patients' Needs

• Animated Case Study for Pulmonary Diseases

• Pathophysiology of Airway Obstructive Diseases

• Living with a Chronic Lung Condition

• Challenges Faced by Caregivers

• Psychosocial Intervention for Patients with COPD

Week 3: Module 3A - Understanding & Interpretation of Chest Imaging

• Roles of Radiography in Cardiopulmonary Disease Management

• Special Role of Chest X-ray

• How Is Chest X-ray Taken?

• Common Chest X-ray Pathologies

Week 4: Module 3B - Understanding & Interpretation of Medical Laboratory Results

• Introduction to Medical Laboratory Science

• Sample Integrity

• Diagnostic Performance of Clinical Lab Tests

• Quality Control of Clinical Lab Test

• Lab Test for Pulmonary Disease

Week 5: Module 4A - Management for Patients

• Management of COPD (From AECOPD to Stable Disease)

• Pulmonary Rehabilitation

• Dietary Management in Pulmonary Rehabilitation

• Pharmacological Medication for Patients with Asthma and COPD

Week 6: Module 4B - Management for Patients and Their Families

• Stress, Depression and Anxiety for Patients and Caregivers

• Phrases in Chronic Illness Adjustment

• Family Psychoeducation & Family-based Intervention for COPD

• Empowering Families in a Strengths-based Approach

• Practice Issues and Skills for Working with Families

Week 7: Final Test and Evaluation

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Taught by

Shirley Ngai, Benjamin Yee, Benson Lau, Alex Cheung, Bobby Shiu, Chao-Ying Chen, Herman Lo, Melody Poon, Pamela Chan and Raymond Lo


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