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Postgraduate Course: Epidemiology, Burden of Illness and Pathophysiology of Migraine (PAMA11080)

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 AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe course aims to contribute to improved patient outcomes by providing postgraduate, clinically relevant education of international standard in the sciences, concepts, approaches and procedures that form the basis of the management of headache pain. This particular module will focus on the following: clinical design measurements, epidemiology, pathophysiology and the global impact of headache disorders.
Course description Migraine is a heterogeneous disorder characterised by attacks that vary in frequency, duration, severity and symptomatology. This variability exists both between different sufferers and within the individual sufferer over their separate attacks. Migraine sufferers experience disability and reduced quality of life during their attacks, which, over a lifetime's illness, can lead to profound consequences on their work, family and leisure lifestyles. Having an understanding of the burden, epidemiology and pathophysiology of headache disorders can influence in a positive manner best practise in terms of management and patient care. This course aims to elaborate in these areas and identify the information relevant to clinical practise.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2021/22, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 21/02/2022
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written essay - 100%
The written assignment will give the students the opportunity to critically appraise the design approaches employed in current epidemiological evidence, such as populations studied and endpoints. Where appropriate, students will be asked to comment on the relevance of these studies to primary care and their own clinical practise.
Feedback Weekly discussion topics and critical appraisal of selected articles on the discussion board will receive feedback on a weekly basis in the form of a 'canned video'. Students will have the option to participate in a live Collaborate session with tutors, which will feature a question/answer element. All formative feedback will inform students of their progress and understanding of the material, and will support their preparation for the summative assignment. Extensive audio and written feedback will be supplied for the summative assessment.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand and discuss design issues associated with clinical studies and how they impact on clinical practice.
  2. Critically evaluate epidemiological studies in headache and appreciate their relevance as classification systems are updated and changed over time.
  3. Understand how the burden of illness can impact on the daily lives and activities of patients and use this knowledge during patient consultation.
  4. Recognise the differing contexts of clinical studies and identify and appreciate which studies can inform the their clinical practise.
  5. Have an understanding of the pathophysiology of migraine and other headache disorders and the ability to comfortably discuss these processes to patients in layman┬┐s terms.
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Course organiserDr Christopher McKenzie
Tel: 0131 242 6130
Course secretaryMrs Olga Paterson
Tel: (0131) 242 6130
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