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

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
Not being delivered
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.
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsHeadache,Migrane
Contacts
Course organiserDr Christopher McKenzie
Tel: 0131 242 6130
Email: Christopher.McKenzie@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Ewelina Skala
Tel: (0131 5)37 1000
Email: eskala2@exseed.ed.ac.uk
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