National University




PAC600 Seminar in Patient Advocacy

Lead Faculty: Dr. Lorna L. Zukas

Course Description

Analyze developments in U.S. healthcare, specifically the growth of medical professions and institutions and current practice and ideology in healthcare. Investigate disease definitions, treatments, and how disease outbreaks expose societal beliefs, biase

Learning Outcomes

  • Articulate the ways patient advocacy manifests itself and the vital role that it plays in every health-related discipline.
  • Apply ethical principles to the field of patient advocacy
  • Distinguish between ethical frameworks used in medicine and public health.
  • Assess how the fragmentation of the health care system has created a climate in which medical errors are common, thereby adversely affecting both patient and provider satisfaction.
  • Evaluate ways in which the movement to improve health care quality is already making a difference in current ideas for system change.
  • Analyze illness narratives from the perspective of patient, physician, caregiver, and self.
  • Specify ways in which the health care system can be improved by incorporating aspects of the patient voice.
  • Compare "patient-centered care"/"family-centered care" with traditional biomedical approaches.
  • Assess diverse tools and approaches employed by patient advocates, including consumer education, medical school curriculum reform, grassroots organizing, policy-making, and media advocacy.
  • Distinguish methods for practicing patient advocacy in a culturally competent manner, focusing on the needs of disadvantaged, minority, and underserved populations.
  • Synthesize learning from course readings, lectures, discussions, interviews, presentations and other outside sources in the context of course papers and a final exam.