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Communication and Decision making in Pre Hospital Emergency Medical Care

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

This course aims to increase student knowledge in communication and decision making, to develop their ability to reflect on prehospital emergency situations, and additionally, to develop an awareness of human dignity and integrity during critical incidents.

Learning outcome

A candidate who has completed this course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
The candidate can...
  • Critically appraise key knowledge in communication, related to human factors, decision making and management in pre-hospital emergencies.
  • Understand how communication and ethical knowledge is performed within the team and related to patient and relatives/others in an emergency situation.

The candidate can...
  • Critically evaluate human factors contributing to the critical incidents and describe the application of crew resource management techniques to minimize future risks.
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of multi-organizational working, specifically in relation to management, decision making, communication and team working.

General Competence
The candidate can...
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply professional communication related to patients, next of kin and others involved in critical incidents.
  • Display the ability and willingness to collaborate inter professionally.


  • Communication and collaboration
  • Cultural competence
  • Ethics and values in communication
  • Human vision/ dignity
  • Management and Crew resource management techniques
  • Decision making
  • Shared decision making

Required prerequisite knowledge



Weight Duration Marks Aid
Home exam, 3000 words (+/- 10%)1/114 daysA - F

Coursework requirements

Reflection paper, 80% class attendance

Course teacher(s)

Study Program Director
Per Kristian Hyldmo
Course coordinator
Per Kristian Hyldmo

Method of work

The teaching will be arranged in concentrated on-campus modules . The teaching and learning style is interactive and reflective, using presentations and dialogue/discussions, simulation and group work drawing on both the expert teachers and the experience of the student.

Open to

Prehospital Critical Care (PHCC) Emergency Medical Care - Master Degree Program

Course assessment

Student evaluation of this course will be conducted in accordance with faculty requirements.


Link to reading list

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 08.07.2020