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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Clinical Sciences : Pain Management

Postgraduate Course: The Palliation of Pain in Life Limiting Disorders (PAMA11061)

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 descriptionPalliative care is a specialised form of medicine that aims to enhance the quality of life of patients and their families who are faced with serious illness. It focuses on increasing comfort through prevention and treatment of distressing symptoms including pain.
The treatment of the pain associated with malignancy has previously formed the main part of this programme of study. As medical and surgical care have continued to improve for many of these conditions, there is a greater need to address a wider issue than that which can be observed with its association with cancer alone. Patients are living longer with their previously progressively fatal conditions. Furthermore, a larger group of non-malignant conditions demonstrating the need for palliation of pain is rapidly emerging. Many issues concerning the continuation of life supporting measures in the presence of intractable and challenging long term pain issues need to be addressed.
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 05/08/2013
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
Gain an understanding of theoretical basis of palliative care and be able to marry theoretical concepts with examples from clinical practice. Participants will be better able to provide care to patients in this specialised area of practice.
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 palliative patients. It will 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%
Special Arrangements
none
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Sarah Henderson
Tel: 0131 242 9409
Email: Sarah.Henderson@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMrs Nina Cryne
Tel: (0131) 242 6461
Email: Nina.Cryne@ed.ac.uk
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