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Margaret O' Doherty

Margaret O' Doherty
Ireland

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What Is a Mind?

Written 2 years ago
This is an extensive subject and many people have devoted their lives to it without coming up with the answer. You won't have all the answers after doing this course but at least you will understand the question.

Presentation is clear and structured in a way that is easy to follow. There are many links to further study for those at a more advanced level and Prof Solm's is an outstanding communicator.

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Margaret O' Doherty completed this course.

Making Sense of Health Evidence: The Informed Consumer

Written 2 years ago
If you are confused by what you read on the internet about medicines this course points you towards reliable sources of information and shows you how to weigh up often contradictory opinions.

It does as it says. It makes sense of the evidence and allows the consumer to make an informed decision. Are the benefits greater than the risks? After taking this course you will be much better able to ask your doctor the right questions.
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Margaret O' Doherty completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Liver Transplant: the Ins and Outs

Written 2 years ago
Very interesting for anybody who would like to know more about why people need liver transplants and what the process involves with a lot of useful input from people who have had transplants or are waiting for one.

Some previous knowledge of basic human biology would be a help to those taking this course.
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Margaret O' Doherty completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Exercise Prescription for the Prevention and Treatment of Disease

Written a year ago
This course is designed for health professionals who know that exercise is important for health but may not be familiar with the specifics or the evidence base. Both are covered well - looking at a variety of conditions, from the obvious, like cardiovascular disease and diabetes where exercise is a standard treatment, to ones like respiratory disease and cancer where exercise is often avoided.

Lay people with an interest in using exercise to improve their own health or that or their family could easily follow the course although some of the language was quite technical.

Numerous links were provided, perhaps too many and it might have been better to highlight the more important ones for non-specialists.

Overall a good introduction to a complex and important topic. The takeaway message is that appropriate exercise can benefit everybody so what are you waiting for? Get started.
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Margaret O' Doherty completed this course.

Making Babies in the 21st Century

Written a year ago
This course looks at options beyond standard IVF for treating fertility issues and would be a good starting point for anybody interested in topics like using donor sperm and eggs, surrogacy, genetic screening, prenatal testing and even editing the human genome. All this and more is comprehensively covered and there is good support from the educators and mentors.

The emphasis is on the social and ethical implications of making babies other than in the traditional way and there is little of the science or medical techniques. Issues like the merits of telling children how they were conceived and who donated the sperm or eggs or who carried them in the womb are looked at together with the implications of testing and selecting embryos and changing the very DNA that carries our genetic code.

These are complex questions that may not occur to individuals and couples willing to do 'anything' to have a baby but they should be carefully considered by anybody trying to have a child by whatever means.

There are no easy answers but being informed ahead of time could save a lot of heartache down the line. This is an excellent course for those with fertility problems and the professionals working with them.
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Margaret O' Doherty completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

The Many Faces of Dementia

Written a year ago
Most people have some knowledge of dementia, either in their own family or among friends and acquaintances. We have an impression that it involves losing your memory and your understanding of the world around you. What you may not know it that it can manifest itself in many ways, affecting vision, perception, movement and behaviour.

This course looks at some of the less common forms of dementia, like Familial Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia with Lewy Bodies, Behavioral Variant Frontotemporal Dementia and Posterior Cortical Atrophy. They have features in common but all present their own challenges to those living with disease and those caring for them. The input of patients and their families was an important feature of this course, making it real and relevant.

Anybody who knows somebody with dementia will find this course helpful in understanding how to relate to them and it is particularly useful for care staff and health professionals.
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Margaret O' Doherty completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Reading Macondo: the Works of Gabriel García Márquez

Written 8 months ago
I agree with Ben that this is a wonderful course for anybody interested in Latin American literature and in particular the work of Nobel Laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

I had read some of his work before and thought I was well prepared having read most of the texts shortly before the course commenced but this course allowed me to see the marvelous depths of his writing. For anybody who doesn't read Spanish it is especially useful to get the insights of native speakers and those familiar with the locations and era as much isn't obvious to the casual reader of translated works.

I found I had to go back and reread the source material, often several times, finding new meanings each time. Unfortunately other commitments limited the time I could spend on it and as this is a course that cannot be skimmed or rushed through I reluctantly made the decision not to fully complete it but will definitely be back to do so next time, hopefully better prepared.

Every hour spent on this course and reading this brilliant writer is an hour well spent. I now understand why he is hailed as probably the most important writer of the twentieth century and after doing this course I dare you to disagree!
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Margaret O' Doherty partially completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

Become a Pharmacy Preceptor

Written 4 months ago
This course includes lots of useful information for those who are or wish to be pharmacy preceptors but it is presented in an unimaginative lecture style format that offer little advantage to reading the material in a book.
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Margaret O' Doherty completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.

Leadership for Healthcare Improvement and Innovation

Written a month ago
All those working in healthcare are aware of the need for improvement and innovation. We have the drugs, the technology and the demand but the leadership to deliver is often either lacking or unable to provide solutions.

The course helps to bridge that gap, providing a background to leadership and change management together with examples of successful implementation of change and overcoming the many barriers.

Clinicians and managers can both benefit from the ideas introduced and it is a good starting point for those who may have practical experience in a leadership role but no formal background in areas like quality improvement or innovation.
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Margaret O' Doherty completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

Understanding Dementia

Written a month ago
This course is excellent for anybody working in the care of patients with dementia, anybody who has a family member or friend with dementia and anybody who wants to know more about the disease.

The information is presented in an easy to follow manner, mostly involving conversations between the various experts which is much more engaging than straight to camera lecture type presentation.

In addition to a high quality free certificate there is also the option to get an enhanced certificate suitable for professional CPD records at a modest price.
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Margaret O' Doherty completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

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