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Postgraduate Course: Pain in Medical Patients (PAMA11063)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryMany aspects of pain medicine are already comprehensively taught. These often relate to: acute pain related to surgery, malignancy and palliative care, non-malignant chronic pain or rheumatological/musculoskeletal pain. However, pain is a common feature of a vast range of illnesses. Despite being the commonest reason for patients to seek help, pain arising from medical conditions is often inappropriately considered less important, although often much more complex to manage than that experienced in surgical patients.

This course provides the opportunity to understand the scope and problem of pain as it arises from medical conditions. Students will also be asked to examine various medical conditions, consider the evidence for pain management options, explore the gaps between evidence and practice and also understand how to apply this knowledge to the clinical setting.
Course description This course will allow students to explore the demands of patients requiring pain management for medical conditions.

This will include the management of pain in the following general and specific conditions:
Cardiac and Chest Pain
Respiratory Disease
Endocrine Disease (including Diabetes)
Stroke/acute Neurology (non-malignant)/Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction/Trigeminal neuralgia/subarachnoid haemorrhage*
Liver Disease/Gastroenterology (including gallstones)
Peripheral Vascular Disease and Thromboembolic Disease
Haematological Disease (Sickle Cell Disease/ Haemochromatosis/ Haemophilia/ Porphyria/ Leukaemia/Lymphoma)
Genitourinary Disease
Infectious Disease (e.g. malaria, tropical diseases etc.)
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Pain - A Multidimensional Phenomenon (PAMA11067) AND Assessment, Measurement and the Multidisciplinary Approach (PAMA11054) AND Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology and its Relevance to Pain Management (PAMA11055) AND Understanding the Pharmacological Management of Pain (PAMA11068) AND Non-Pharmacological Approaches to Pain Management (PAMA11057) AND Introduction to Pain Management in Practice (PAMA11070)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThe 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? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 10/04/2017
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( 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 162 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 30% - This is to be in the form of assessed on-line contributions to each of nine sections with peer/tutor presentations of simple case studies relevant to each area
30% - Submission of literature review /resource file of clinical issues in medical pain management
40% - Medical Pain portfolio
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. you will have established an advanced knowledge of the pain management for non-surgical, non-malignant, non-rheumatological/musculocutaneous disease
  2. you will have explored the definitions of medical pain and explored the challenges and barriers to the effective management of medical pain
  3. you will understand how to apply general principles to the management of medical pain
  4. you will develop an advanced understanding and consideration of the use of pharmacological agents not conventionally classified as analgesics in the management of pain for medical conditions
  5. you will have gained specific advanced knowledge as it relates to a number of specific medical conditions
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Course organiserDr Sarah Henderson
Tel: 0131 242 6130
Course secretaryMrs Ruth Macdonald
Tel: (0131) 242 3135
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