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Postgraduate Course: Non-Pharmacological Approaches to Pain Management (PAMA11057)

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
SummaryBuilding on knowledge of the biopsychosocial model of pain management, this course explores the role and utility of non-pharmacological pain management. The role, value and theoretical basis of multidisciplinary management is further explored.
Course description This course is the fifth of six core subjects in the Clinical Management of Pain programme. This course introduces you to a broad understanding of the non-pharmacological approaches to pain management. Current topics of non-pharmacological management will be explored and new directions in management are discussed and debated.

This is a 5-week distance learning course worth 10 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs No
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 5 (sem 2)
Course Start Date 06/05/2022
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 8, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 1, Online Activities 15, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 40, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 30 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) 30
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Key principles that will underpin assessment activities are evidence-based practice and the application of theory to clinical practice.

Assessment will consist of a combination of summative written assessment and online assessment incorporating a variety of activities.

You are required to complete and receive a passing grade on a number of different assignments in order to obtain a passing grade for this course. Please note that you must make a reasonable attempt at each of the assignments in order to receive a passing grade for the course. If you fail to make a reasonable attempt at any of the assignments, you risk a failing grade for the course which would normally have serious repercussions in your ability to achieve an award.

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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically appraise the evidence base underpinning a range of non-pharmacological pain management strategies
  2. Synthesize existing ideas and arguments and draw appropriate conclusions from the literature
  3. Identify factors which may influence the selection of non-pharmacological strategies for use as part of a biopsychosocial approach
  4. Integrate non-pharmacological strategies within a biopsychosocial framework
Reading List
A Resource List will be provided to ensure access to appropriate and relevant resources to enable participation in this course.¿ Details about Resource Lists can be found at¿

Resource material will be provided to enhance each week¿s material.¿ Examples of the variety of materials used can be seen below ¿ please note this is indicative of what will be provided:¿

ARTICLE: Efficacy of adding pain neuroscience education to a multimodal treatment in fibromyalgia: A systematic review and meta¿analysis. Saracoglu, Ismail ; Akin, Esra ; Aydin Dincer, Gökce Basak. International journal of rheumatic diseases, 2022, Vol.25 (4), p.394-404

ARTICLE: ¿FastSchool¿: A single session of an interprofessional pain management program for chronic pain patients inspired by cognitive behavioral therapy. Trouvin, Anne-Priscille ; Carvès, Sandrine ; Rouquette, Alexandra ; Coste, Joël ; Meyer, Sinja ; Colin, Faustine ; Deleens, Rodrigue ; Medkour, Terkia ; Collet, Marie-Pierre ; Perrot, Serge ; Laroche, Françoise. Patient education and counseling, 2022, Vol.105 (12), p.3509-3514

ARTICLE: Effect of Pain Reprocessing Therapy vs Placebo and Usual Care for Patients With Chronic Back Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Ashar, Yoni K ; Gordon, Alan ; Schubiner, Howard ; Uipi, Christie ; Knight, Karen ; Anderson, Zachary ; Carlisle, Judith ; Polisky, Laurie ; Geuter, Stephan ; Flood, Thomas F ; Kragel, Philip A ; Dimidjian, Sona ; Lumley, Mark A ; Wager, Tor D. JAMA psychiatry (Chicago, Ill.), 2022, Vol.79 (1), p.13-23

ARTICLE: What Are the Mechanisms of Action of Cognitive-Behavioral, Mind-Body, and Exercise-based Interventions for Pain and Disability in People With Chronic Primary Musculoskeletal Pain? A Systematic Review of Mediation Studies From Randomized Controlled Trials. Alaiti, Rafael K ; Castro, Julia ; Lee, Hopin ; Caneiro, J P ; Vlaeyen, Johan W.S ; Kamper, Steven J ; da Costa, Marcelo F. The Clinical journal of pain, 2022, Vol.38 (7), p.502-509

BOOK CHAPTER: Psychological models of pain. C. de C. Williams, Amanda; Corns, Jennifer. Routledge.

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Pain, 2017, p.141-153

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 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.

GENERIC COGNITIVE SKILLS: the ability to apply critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis to forefront issues and developments, develop original and creative responses to problems and issues, critically review, consolidate and extend knowledge, skills, practices and thinking, deal with complex issues and make informed judgements in situations in the absence of complete or consistent data/information.

COMMUNICATION, IT AND NUMERACY SKILLS: use a wide range of routine skills and a range of advanced and specialised skills such as communication with peers, more senior colleagues and specialists, evaluation of a wide range of numerical and geographical data

AUTONOMY, ACCOUNTABILITY AND WORKING WITH OTHERS: exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in professional and equivalent activities, work in a peer relationship with specialist practitioners, demonstrate leadership and/or initiative and make an identifiable contribution to change and development and/or new thinking, manage complex ethical and professional issues
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Course organiserMr Neil Clark
Tel: (0131 2)42 6130
Course secretaryMs Ewelina Skala
Tel: (0131 5)37 1000
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