Dale Whelehan

Dale Whelehan

Dale Whelehan

BSc Physiotherapy

Physiotherapist, Research PhD Student

Trinity College Dublin

About Dale Whelehan

Chartered Physiotherapist and PhD candidate in surgical performance and the influence of sleep deprivation

Dale Whelehan is a Chartered Physiotherapist and he has a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from Trinity College Dublin.  Dale is the project lead for The Association for the Study of Medical Education and Board Member for the National Student Engagement Programme.  He is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Philosophy degree in the area of Surgical Performance with particular focus on the objectivity of performance, the influence of sleep deprivation, clinical decision making and fatigue risk management approaches to enhance performance.

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COVID-19 and Sleep

Fatigue, sleep deprivation and stress are common in healthcare professionals especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sleep and the body’s immune system are inextricably linked. Sleep deprivation potentially impairs the body’s immune response, negatively affects inflammatory homeostasis and may also lead to an increased risk of infection and worsen the clinical conditions caused by a disease such as COVID-19. It is imperative to address sleep health for the sake of healthcare professionals and their patients particularly during the stresses imposed during a pandemic.
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Decision Making in Clinical Practice

Most of our time in clinical practice involves thinking and making decisions, but are we making the best decisions for our patients? Clinical reasoning is proposed as the most important skill of any clinician as it underlies all our decisions that guide our diagnoses and patient management. Research in the field of medicine shows that poor clinical decisions account for up to 80,000 deaths annually in hospitalised patients in the USA. In this course, Dale Whelehan will discuss the most commonly used approaches to clinical decision making (CDM) while also identifying the factors that influence it. This will allow you to assess your own approach to CDM and identify the variables that negatively influence the decisions you make.
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Heuristics in Clinical Decision Making

Sound clinical decision making is the foundation for optimal patient management. Clinicians are forced to make many decisions under uncertainty on a daily basis. The majority of these decisions are made using heuristics - simple cognitive short-cuts that help us make decisions quickly and mostly accurately. But heuristics are also prone to error or what is otherwise known as cognitive bias. Considering the impact our decisions have on the lives of our patients, it is imperative to understand what heuristics are and which cognitive biases inform our own decision making. By reflecting on our own cognitive biases, we are able to engage strategies to mitigate (debias) them and provide better, more effective care to our patients.
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How We Sleep

The regulation of sleep can be described by the two-process model of sleep. This model shows us that sleep is governed by two independent, yet interrelated processes, the homeostatic sleep drive and the circadian rhythm. Specifically, these processes govern the timing of sleep, the intensity of sleep and the duration of sleep. Various factors have an impact on sleep propensity such as sleep deprivation, the time of day and our age. In this course, we will explore how sleep is regulated and how we measure sleep and the related regulation processes. It is important to be aware of levels of "sleepiness" as healthcare professionals as this may be the first step in promoting effective behavioural changes in ourselves as healthcare professionals, as well as in our patients.
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Sleep Deprivation and Sleep Disorders

Sleep is a universal experience, and it is essential for general health and survival. However, sleep has become a significant public health issue, as more and more people are becoming sleep deprived. This course, the third in a series of three sleep courses, explores the impact of sleep deprivation on health and introduces you to the main types of sleep disorders and the impact these can have on our patients' health and our own professional performance.
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Sleep Programme

Quality sleep is vital to ensure good health and optimal function for patients and healthcare practitioners. In this three-part series, Dale Whelehan will review the evidence and theories related to why we need sleep, the physiological processes involved in sleep, how sleep is regulated and measured, sleep disorders and how sleep deprivation affects health.
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The Theory, Function and Physiology of Sleep

Sleep is an important part of our daily routine and we spend about a third of our time sleeping. Quality sleep is vital for good health and optimal function in our professional capacity. But what is sleep? Why do we need sleep and what are the physiological processes involved in sleep? Dale Whelehan discusses these topics in this first course of a three-part series on sleep.
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