Postgraduate Course: Pain - A Multidimensional Phenomenon (PAMA11067)
|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 provides an introduction to modern pain management based on the biopsychosocial model within a multidisciplinary framework.
This course is an introduction to the problem of pain within a multidisciplinary team framework and outlines the extent of the problem in the community, nationally and globally. It provides an overview of historical and philosophical models of pain and its management methods and how they have changed over time in relation to scientific research and discovery. This course provides is an introduction to the biopsychosocial model of pain management which forms the basis for modern pain management. An introduction to the measurement of pain is examined and the interrelationship between various paradigms of health and illness are outlined. Participants also begin to consider and explore professional and ethical issues. Overall this course provides an opportunity to examine, challenge and update the models and concepts of pain management that have guided your professional practice.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||The minimum entry requirement is a UK 2:1 undergraduate degree, or its international equivalent in a relevant 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
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Block 1 (Sem 1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||The key principles that will underpin all assessment activities are evidence-based practice and the application of theory to clinical practice.
Formative Assessment will be provided by the course tutors. The formative assignment will not be graded.
Assessment will consist of a combination of summative written assessment and online assessment incorporating a variety of activities.
Please note that you must make a reasonable attempt at each of the assignments in order to receive a passing grade for the course. If you fail to make a reasonable attempt at any of the assignments, you risk a failing grade for the course which would normally have serious repercussions in your ability to achieve an award.
||Information about feedback can be found in the Taught Assessment Regulations http://www.ed.ac.uk/files/atoms/files/taughtassessmentregulations.pdf
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a critical awareness of the broad scope of the problem of pain
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the historical developments of pain theory and practice
- Demonstrate a critical awareness of the principal theories, principles and concepts of the multidisciplinary approach to pain and its management
- Evaluate definitions, models and key concepts of pain management and their relationship to your own professional practice model
- Evaluate key ethical issues in pain research and practice
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||During the course students will have to demonstrate the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with others. Their knowledge and understanding of the topic will improve but they will also learn generic approaches/skills. As the course is distance learning, it will contribute to their IT, writing and communication skills which can be applied to both clinical and academic environments. Finally, they will be expected to be able to bring together and draw from the information provided through the course during their assignment writing. Competences such as structuring of work and accurate referencing should also improve.
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.
||Delivered via online distance learning.
|Course organiser||Miss Lindsay Rutherford
Tel: (0131) 242 6130
|Course secretary||Mrs Ruth MacDonald
Tel: (0131) 242 3135