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

Postgraduate Course: The Management of Acute Pain (PAMA11053)

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
SummaryPain, 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.

Course description 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.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Pain - A Multidimensional Phenomenon (PAMA11067) AND Assessment, Measurement and the Multidisciplinary Approach (PAMA11054) AND Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology and its Relevance to Pain Management (PAMA11055) AND Understanding the Pharmacological Management of Pain (PAMA11068) AND Non-Pharmacological Approaches to Pain Management (PAMA11057) AND Introduction to Pain Management in Practice (PAMA11070)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify appropriate pain assessment methodologies in acute pain conditions and apply management and prevention principles in the care of long-term pain after trauma
  2. Recognise and interpret barriers to effective post-operative pain management in their own practice
  3. Appraise the benefits and risks of epidural analgesia and apply the outcome to its use in individual patients
  4. Interpret and deconstruct patient factors influencing postoperative pain experience and formulate a management plan in response
  5. 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)
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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.
Special Arrangements None
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMiss Lindsay Rutherford
Tel: (0131) 242 9409
Course secretaryMs Ewelina Skala
Tel: (0131 5)37 1000
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