The medicinewise practitioner
Case studies for the emerging prescriber
We have developed these modules to support your continuing professional development as a health professional. They are suitable for a range of health professionals, particularly those with prescribing rights.
Based on Quality Use of Medicines principles, these modules will support you in selecting the most appropriate treatment in consultation with your patient, and assisting your patients in using their medicines safely and wisely.
Target audience: Nurse practitioners, GP interns and new prescribers in a community setting
CPD points: Self-directed CPD - view details
Case study 1. Benji and Bridgit
Benji is a 3-year-old boy presenting with shortness of breath at the local hospital Emergency Department.
- Asthma management – part 1
- Asthma management – part 2
- Smoking cessation (Bridgit)
On completion of this module you should be able to:
Asthma – part 1
- Assess severity and initiate appropriate therapy for an acute asthma exacerbation.
- Recommend appropriate preventative asthma therapy.
Asthma – part 2
- Educate the patient/carer on appropriate asthma management and appropriate use and care of asthma devices.
- Identify a child’s immunisation requirements.
- Implement an immunisation catch-up schedule, where needed.
- Implement the 5As of smoking cessation.
- Recommend appropriate therapy for smoking cessation.
Case study 2. Bill
Bill is a 55-year-old man with type 2 diabetes.
- Diabetes management
- Diabetes again
- Diabetes foot care
- Renal impairment
On completion of this case study you should be able to:
- educate the patient on self-management of type 2 diabetes
- assess and monitor the patient’s self-management of type 2 diabetes
- review the patient’s type 2 diabetes treatment
- assess need for and manage transition to insulin therapy in a patient with type 2 diabetes.
The diabetic foot
- recommend appropriate non-pharmacological and pharmacological therapies for managing diabetes complications in the feet.
- educate the patient on prevention and management of diabetes complications in the feet.
- assess and adjust pharmacological therapy in the presence of acute kidney injury
- report an adverse drug reaction.
Continuing professional development and practice incentives
It is recommended that 2 CPD hours (for each activity) be recorded for the purposes of self-directed CPD.