The Limits of Primary Care OpenCourseWare: A Free Undergraduate Class on Community Healthcare by The Open University

Published Feb 12, 2009

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'The Limits of Primary Care' is a free OpenCourseWare offered by The Open University. Through this online course, students will develop an awareness of the strain long-term drug abusers place on community services and the ethical debates surrounding their treatment. This undergraduate-level course is intended for students studying Medicine, Public Policy, Social Work and other related fields.

The Limits of Primary Care Course Specifics:

Degree Level Free Audio Video Downloads
Undergraduate Yes No No Yes

Lectures/Notes Study Materials Tests/Quizzes
Yes Yes No

The Limits of Primary Care Course Description

'The Limits of Primary Care' teaches students to recognize the limits of community service caused by repeated drug abusers. In addition, this course offers students the chance to explore the moral arguments of placing limits on resources offered to addicts. This course is presented in three parts including a fictional narrative entitled 'Introducing Jim and Marianne'. This narrative serves as a fictional case study to help guide students through the issues raised in the course. Some of the moral dilemmas faced by students and health care practitioners treating patients like Jim and Marianne include the issue of saving limited resources for more 'deserving' patients, as well as a physician's responsibilities to both the community and his or her patient. While there are no right or wrong answers presented, this course encourages students to think about how they will react to these situations in a professional environment. This undergraduate-level course is offered by The Open University.

The materials for this course include online unit notes and a bibliographic list of additional resources. If you'd like to take this free class, visit the limits of primary care course page.

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