Postgraduate Course: The Management of Acute Pain (PAMA11053)
|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||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Pain, as a presenting complaint, is the most common reason for people to seek health care advice. This course provides the opportunity for students to understand the scope of the problem of acute pain, the mechanisms of acute pain and the benefits and barriers to specific pain interventions.
This course of study is an elective subject in the Cert/Dip/MSc in the Clinical Management of Pain programme. It aims to provide you with an opportunity to build on the information presented in the core courses of study to examine acute pain in more depth.
Students will also be asked to consider the evidence for various acute pain management guidelines, explore the gaps between evidence and practice and also understand how to implement change in clinical practice.
It also enables you to apply your understanding to specific acute pain conditions and situations and better understand the associated issues in relation to acute pain management.
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.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|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 principle of constructive alignment will underpin all assessments. This 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.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify appropriate pain assessment methodologies in acute pain conditions and apply management and prevention principles in the care of long-term pain after trauma
- Recognise and interpret barriers to effective post-operative pain management in their own practice
- Appraise the benefits and risks of epidural analgesia and apply the outcome to its use in individual patients
- Interpret and deconstruct patient factors influencing postoperative pain experience and formulate a management plan in response
- Explain, discuss and defend the management of pain and sedation in critical care with acknowledgment of psychological factors, the treatment of delirium and prevention of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
|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||Miss Lindsay Rutherford
Tel: (0131) 242 9409
|Course secretary||Ms Ewelina Skala
Tel: (0131 5)37 1000