Postgraduate Course: Pain in Obstetrics (PAMA11075)
|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||The course will include management of painful conditions attributed to pregnancy, acute pain limited to the hours in labour and delivery of the baby, and pain post partem.
The majority of pregnant women will not have prior experience of pain that can be associated with labour and childbirth. For many there is an expectation that childbirth may be the most painful event of their life so far. This course provides the opportunity to understand the scope of the problem of acute pain throughout all stages of the obstetric patients journey. It will encompass mechanisms and pathophysiology of acute pain and the benefits and barriers to specific pain interventions. Pain is a multidimensional phenomenon and requires a multidisciplinary approach. Students will be asked to consider the evidence for various acute pain management guidelines in obstetrics, explore the gaps between evidence and practice and understand how to implement change in clinical practice.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 undergraduate degree, or its international equivalent in a relevant degree discipline. 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
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Establish an advanced knowledge of pain management in obstetric patients from early pregnancy to management and prevention of long term pain following delivery. A key focus will be on acute pain in labour and birth of the baby, incorporating both spontaneous delivery and operative interventions.
- Critique the barriers to effective post operative pain management
- Appraise the benefits and risks of epidural analgesia
- Examine patient factors influencing multimodal analgesia including current controversies
- Consider issues of acute pain management and communication
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||On successful completion of this course, students will gain a number of generic and transferable skills beyond the subject itself. This will include:
GENERIC COGNITIVE SKILLS: the ability to apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to forefront issues and developments, develop original and creative responses to problems and issues, critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills, practices and thinking, deal with complex issues and make informed judgements in situations in the absence of complete or consistent data/information.
COMMUNICATION, IT AND NUMERACY SKILLS: use a wide range of routine skills and a range of advanced and specialised skills such as communication with peers, more senior colleagues and specialists, evaluation of a wide range of numerical and geographical data
AUTONOMY, ACCOUNTABILITY AND WORKING WITH OTHERS: exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in professional and equivalent activities, work in a peer relationship with specialist practitioners, demonstrate leadership and/or initiative and make an identifiable contribution to change and development and/or new thinking, manage complex ethical and professional issues
|Course organiser||Dr Sarah Henderson
Tel: 0131 242 6130
|Course secretary||Mr Paul Gladwell
Tel: 0131 242 6460