Postgraduate Course: Pain Management in the Ageing Population (PAMA11059)
|School||Deanery of Clinical Sciences
||College||College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||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.
Population 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.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 undergraduate degree, or its international equivalent.
Relevant disciplines include: medicine; nursing; dentistry; psychology; occupational therapy; physiotherapy; pharmacology; osteopathy; other allied health care profession involved in the management of pain.
Applications from those with non-university professional qualifications such as RGN with appropriate clinical experience will be considered on an individual basis.
Where applicable, you will also be required to meet any language requirements in accordance with the University's regulations.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 15,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 15,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2,
Formative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||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.
This course is assessed by participation in short case study scenarios and written assignments. 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.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- you will have an understanding of how to assess and manage pain in older people
- you will be able to assess the impact of comorbidities on the pain of older people
- you will be able to describe the physical changes that occur with nociception with increasing age
- you will be able to describe and discuss issues around the management of pain conditions that affect older people more commonly
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Sarah Henderson
Tel: 0131 242 6130
|Course secretary||Mrs Ruth Macdonald
Tel: (0131) 242 3135
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