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Postgraduate Course: Pain Management in the Ageing Population (PAMA11059)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaPain Management Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionPopulation demographics demonstrate a constantly changing focus in the management of pain. Most particularly, in many countries, there is an increasing number and proportion of older patients presenting with painful conditions which do not necessarily form part of any other life limiting condition. Coupled to this is the recognition that the line between previously distinct areas of pain management; that of ┐Acute┐ and ┐Chronic┐, pain are constantly being blurred, made more indistinct as people live longer. Rather inevitably, this may incorporate a number of other subsections of pain management as ┐old age doesn┐t┐ come alone┐. For example, as life expectancy increases, the extent to which many surgical procedures are contemplated and undertaken is multiplied, with the consequent necessity to develop the means to manage pain sensitively in conjunction with advanced frailty and co-morbidity.

This course will explore the integration of pain management with the challenges of an increasingly elderly population with particular reference to the recognition of cultural diversity and resource availability.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Flexible, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 27/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 15, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 15, Online Activities 15, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 6, Summative Assessment Hours 10, Other Study Hours 15, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 118 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
The course aims to contribute to improved patient outcomes by providing postgraduate, clinically relevant education of international standard in the sciences, concepts, approaches and procedures that form the basis of good pain management. Participants will have opportunity to explore case studies taken from clinical practice and will be able to apply theoretical knowledge to clinical cases.
Assessment Information
This course is assessed by participation in short case study scenarios. This will further develop the student┐s abilities in the management of pain and provide participants with experience marrying theoretical and clinical case studies taken from recent practice.
Key principles that will underpin assessment activities are evidence-based practice and the application of theory to clinical practice. The principles of constructive alignment will underpin all assessments and will ensure the assessment tasks are aligned with the specific course objectives, the content of the course and the teaching methods employed.
Details of Assessment as below:
Case Study Participation and Review: 100%
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Study Abroad Not entered
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Course organiserDr Sarah Henderson
Tel: 0131 242 9409
Course secretaryMrs Nina Cryne
Tel: (0131) 242 6461
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