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

Postgraduate Course: Musculoskeletal Pain (PAMA11085)

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 Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course provides an introduction to a range of musculoskeletal pain conditions. Pain management and treatment approaches to musculoskeletal pain are introduced and contemporary issues in the management of regional musculoskeletal pain will be considered.
Students will be encouraged to integrate and apply their previous experience and learning from the programme┬┐s core subjects to acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain problems.
Course description The course will be structured to introduce a range of aspects of musculoskeletal pain.

The content will include:
1. mechanisms of musculoskeletal pain
2. assessment of musculoskeletal pain
3. non-pharmacological treatments
4. other treatment and management approaches
5. regional problems
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 08/08/2022
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% coursework
Feedback Feedback consists of ongoing support provided by course tutors; individual, group and ongoing group feedback.
Summative marks will be provided on a published timetable and students will be provided with electronic written feedback for all coursework submitted.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical knowledge of the principal mechanisms and multidimensional nature of musculoskeletal pain using appropriate terminologies and conventions
  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principles of pain measurement and assessment as specifically applied to musculoskeletal pain conditions
  3. Critically appraise the contemporary approach to the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal pain
  4. Evaluate the current non-pharmacological, pharmacological and surgical approaches in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain
  5. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the importance of effective and efficient communication with other healthcare professionals
Reading List
Reading material, recorded presentations, videos, discussion topics, 2-weekly formative quiz.
Additional Information
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 delivered online, it will contribute to their IT, writing and communication skills which can be applied to both clinical and academic environments. Finally, students 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 would also be expected to improve.
Keywordsmusculoskeletal,concept,red flags,assessment,NSAIDs,low back pain,self-management,exercise
Course organiserMr Paul Barratt
Tel: 0131 242 6977
Course secretaryMs Ewelina Skala
Tel: (0131 5)37 1000
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