Postgraduate Course: Management of Neuropathic Pain (PAMA11064)
|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 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.
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.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||The 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?
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.
This course is assessed by participation in critical online discussion, short answer questions and the critical evaluation of case studies.and multiple choice questioning. Independent critical exploration of clinically relevant patient case studies will also be assessed for the purpose of enhancing or further developing the students' abilities in the management of neuropathic pain.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe validated assessment tools for the management of neuropathic pain and recognise when their individual use is indicated
- Discuss and Identify appropriate pharmacological approaches for individual patients
- Demonstrate the ability to communicate information to patients and carers about neuropathic pain and interpret their response
- Identify non-pharmacological techniques for the treatment of neuropathic pain and defend their use
- Critically appraise current knowledge and literature knowledge as it relates to the management of neuropathic 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||Mr Paul Knight
|Course secretary||Ms Ewelina Skala
Tel: (0131 5)37 1000