Postgraduate Course: The Management of Cancer Related Pain (PAMA11069)
|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 addresses and examines recent clinical advancements in management of patients with cancer pain including psychological factors such as grief, depression and anxiety.
It is recognised that analgesics, whilst providing relief of cancer pain, may have limitations in the context of long-term survival and increasing disease complexity. In order to address these weaknesses, it is suggested that a more comprehensive model of cancer pain management is needed that is mechanism-based and multimodal, which uses combination therapies which are tailored to the needs of an individual, with the aim of optimising pain relief while minimising adverse effects.
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.
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 2021/22, 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 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.
Assessment will consist of a combination of summative written assessment and online assessment incorporating a variety of activities.
This course is assessed by participation in short case study scenarios and written assignments. This will further develop the students' abilities in the management of cancer pain patients. It will 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:
- Discuss, differentiate and describe the differences between cancer pain and other types of pain
- State the current mechanisms and causes of cancer-related pain
- Recognise and interpret barriers to effective cancer pain relief and discuss the rationale and application of the main algorithms behind treatment of cancer pain
- Critically appraise current knowledge and literature as it relates to the management of cancer-related pain and their complications
- Discuss, critique and integrate the various clinical practice guidelines available for cancer pain
|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.
|Course organiser||Dr Sarah Henderson
Tel: 0131 242 6130
|Course secretary||Mrs Olga Paterson
Tel: (0131) 242 6130