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DRPS : Course Catalogue : Deanery of Clinical Sciences : Pain Management

Postgraduate Course: Management of Neuropathic Pain (PAMA11064)

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
SummaryThis course provides the opportunity to understand the scope of the problem of neuropathic pain, the mechanisms and pathophysiology of neuropathic pain and the benefits and barriers to specific pain assessments and interventions. Students will also be asked to examine various acute and chronic neuropathic conditions, consider the evidence for neuropathic pain management options, explore the gaps between evidence and practice and also understand how to apply this knowledge to the clinical setting.
Course description The content of the course has been chosen and structured to develop your understanding of neuropathic pain and is divided into two distinct sections, introduction and background information and four short case studies. Each case addresses a specific type of neuropathic pain condition and raises key issues surrounding treatment and management of pain.

This is a 10-week distance learning course worth 20 credits. Students are expected to spend 20 hours per week on this course. Students will be given a brief overview of the course and will then be provided with relevant materials and resources. Specific tasks and online exercises relating to each weeks topic will be set. A final submitted assessment will be required for the course.

This is an elective course and may not be available every academic year. This will be subject to student numbers and availability of academic staff.
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)
Co-requisites
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. Degrees from 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
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. ¿ Describe validated assessment tools for the management of neuropathic pain and recognise when their individual use is indicated
  2. ¿ Discuss and Identify appropriate pharmacological approaches for individual patients
  3. ¿ Demonstrate the ability to communicate information to patients and carers about neuropathic pain and interpret their response
  4. ¿ Identify non-pharmacological techniques for the treatment of neuropathic pain and defend their use
  5. ¿ Critically appraise current knowledge and literature knowledge as it relates to the management of neuropathic pain
Reading List
None
Additional Information
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.
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Sarah Henderson
Tel: 0131 242 6130
Email: Sarah.Henderson@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMrs Olga Paterson
Tel: (0131) 242 6130
Email: Olga.Paterson@ed.ac.uk
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