Health Studies: Clinical Observation And The Cultural Aspects Of Health Care In Chile

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Health Studies
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Theoretical and practical course that examines the epidemiology and prevalence of frequent health deviations acute and chronic in the Chilean population and its causes. Provides an overview of the Chilean health system and its operation at different levels of care. In search of a reflective learning with emphasis on sociological and cultural aspects.

(Clinical Observation comprises 2/3 of HL395 Health Studies: Clinical Observation and the Cultural Aspects of Health Care in Chile. The remaining 1/3 of the course is comprised of the Intensive Spanish for Beginners component of the course.)

Learning outcomes: 
  1. To know the health situation in Chile.
  2. To know the structure and functioning of the Chilean health system.
  3. Identify the epidemiological profile of health at Chile.
  4. Identify the role of the health professionals in various contexts of health care.
  5. To observe health related attention in primary, secondary and tertiary levels of attention, in intra and extra hospital settings.
Method of presentation: 

The theoretical aspects will be addressed through seminars, round tables and lectures, in a total of 12 academic hours. Class will meet twice a week at the Catholic Pontifical University of Chile, School of Nursing. Clinical experience consists of 3 hours of clinical observation per day over a period of seven days in different health centers of Salud UC network and associate health centers, for a total of 21 hours of clinical observation.

Required work and form of assessment: 
  • Attendance and participation in classes. It is essential that students read the mandatory readings to be able to contribute to discussions in classes and clinical experiences.
  • Self-evaluation carried out at the end of the course through a self-applied survey.
  • Contribution to clinical practice from the scientific evidence. In pairs, students must identify an issue or subject that interests them and that is an unresolved need of the health center. Search current literature (no older than 2005) for at least 2 articles and present a summary of your findings. The  presentation should  include:  introduction related  to  aspects  of  the  perceived problem, methodology for search, results, conclusion and references (format APA Sixth Edition or ISO).
  • Written test based on the content delivered in classes and mandatory readings.

The evaluation will use a scale of 1 to 7, with a minimum grade for passing of 4 (60%).

  1. Self-assessment 10 %
  2. Research project and presentation (Pairs) 60 %
  3. Test (1) 30%

1. Epidemiological situation and Chilean health system

1.1 An overview of health in Chile

1.2 Organization and funding of health care

2. Structure and operation of the Chilean health services intra and extra hospital, public and private

2.1 Primary health care in Chile (health of adult, child and women's)

2.2 The professional relationship with the user and his/her family

2.3. Ethical and legal aspects related to the care of the patient

3. Interdisciplinary aspects of health in Chile

3.1. Role of the different members of the health team

3.2 Training of health care

Intensive Spanish for Beginners Syllabus 

Required readings: 

Compulsory and supplementary readings are found in the calendar of the course.