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Postgraduate Course: Issues and Developments in the Management of Pain (NUST11017)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course looks to provide students at Masters level with the opportunites to consider the current debates and developments in the field of pain as both an experience and in terms of its management, a priority in health care. Content addresses the most recent physiological and psychological knowledge and reserach addressing the causes, consequences and relief of pain in all its forms.
Course description This course arises from a long standing theoretical and clinical interest in the multidimensional phenomenon of pain and its management. The 20 hours of course content aim to provide students with opportunities to consider the current debates and exciting developments in this field and allow for both lecture based and experiential learning to be explored. The course will address the latest physiological and psychological findings on the causes and consequences of pain, consider the issues in pain assessment and review the range of interventions employed by the multi-disciplinary team to alleviate pain of whatever nature. Approaches taken will seek to acknowledge the differing experiential backgrounds from which students may be drawn will build on previous lectures addressing the concern of pain and is alleviation. This course, therefore, allows students to explore the complexity of pain and its management in a variety of contexts.

Students will also have the opportunity to attend the ¿Pain Round¿ on with the Acute Pain Services team at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh.

The course consists of two sessions in each of the first 5 weeks of the semester, each of 2 hours duration. These two hour session will be presented as a combination of lecture content, group work and discussion and case studies. Each session is preceded by preparatory reading.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
Assessment (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Assessment Methods
Additional Information (Assessment) One course paper 4,000-5,000 words
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate critical knowledge of a substantial body of literature relevant to healthcare
  2. Critically evaluate the empirical and/or theoretical quality of the literature pertaining to their chosen topic
  3. Demonstrate transferable cognitive skills in conducting literature searchers and evaluating the quality of research evidence
  4. Evidence an ability to critically synthesise published evidence in order to develop new lines of argument
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will be able to create new knowledge and opportunities for learning through the process of research and enquiry into the reality of pain and its management.
Students should be able to work independently and sustainably reflecting curiosity, a generosity of understanding in relation to pain and its management and a recognition of ,and desire to meet, new challenges.
Students build on the primacy of communication and how to use this for negotiating and creating new understanding, collaborating with others, and furthering their own learning.
In the context of caring for individuals experiencing pain, students will be responsive and sensitive to the situations and environments in which they practice and look to effect enhanced care outcomes.
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Course organiserProf Tonks Fawcett
Tel: (0131 6)50 3883
Course secretaryMr Sergio Mori Sierra
Tel: (0131 6)50 4661
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