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Postgraduate Course: Pain - A Multidimensional Phenomenon (PAMA11067)

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
SummaryThis course provides an introduction to modern pain management based on the biopsychosocial model within a multidisciplinary framework.
Course description This course is an introduction to the problem of pain within a multidisciplinary team framework and outlines the extent of the problem in the community, nationally and globally. It provides an overview of historical and philosophical models of pain and its management methods and how they have changed over time in relation to scientific research and discovery. This course provides is an introduction to the biopsychosocial model of pain management which forms the basis for modern pain management. An introduction to the measurement of pain is examined and the interrelationship between various paradigms of health and illness are outlined. Participants also begin to consider and explore professional and ethical issues. Overall this course provides an opportunity to examine, challenge and update the models and concepts of pain management that have guided your professional practice.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 1 (Sem 1)
Course Start Date 18/09/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 5, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 15, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Formative Assessment Hours 10, Summative Assessment Hours 30, Revision Session Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 34 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) 34
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The key principles that will underpin all assessment activities are evidence-based practice and the application of theory to clinical practice.

Formative Assessment will be provided by the course tutors. The formative assignment will not be graded.

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

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.
Feedback Information about feedback can be found in the Taught Assessment Regulations
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically evaluate the definitions, models and concepts of pain and their relationship to your own professional practice
  2. Recognise and interpret barriers to effective pain management
  3. Appraise the value of epidemiological research in the field of pain management
  4. Critically reflect on the ethical issues inherent in pain research and practice
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 will be provided:

ARTICLE: Theories of pain: From specificity to gate control

Moayedi, Massieh ; Davis, Karen D Journal of neurophysiology109(1)2013-01-015 ¿ 12

BOOK CHAPTER: Intellectual Milestones in Our Understanding and Treatment of Pain

G. F. Gebhartin Bonica's Management of Pain Ballantyne, Jane, 1948- ; Fishman, Scott, 1959- ; Rathmell, James P; Ovid Technologies, Inc.5th edition. Philadelphia Wolters Kluwer Healt h2019

ARTICLE:: Evaluating psychosocial contributions to chronic pain outcomes Meints, S.M ; Edwards, R.R Progress in neuro-psychopharmacology & biological psychiatry87(Pt B)2018-12-20168 ¿ 182

ARTICLE: Heritability of catastrophizing: the biopsychosocial model in action

Fillingim, Roger BPain156(3)2015 03357 -

ARTICLE: Ethical decision making in pain management: a conceptual framework Carvalho, Ana Sofia ; Martins Pereira, Sandra ; Jácomo, António ; Magalhães, Susana ; Araújo, Joana ; Hernández-Marrero, Pablo ; Costa Gomes, Carlos ; Schatman, Michael Journal of Pain Research112018967 ¿ 976

ARTICLE: What influences outcomes from inpatient multidisciplinary pain management programs? A systematic review and meta-analysis Lewis, Gwyn N. ; Bean, Debbie J. The Clinical Journal of Pain 37 (7)2021-07-01504 - 523
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.
Special Arrangements Delivered via online distance learning.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserMrs Liz Colquhoun
Course secretaryMs Ewelina Skala
Tel: (0131 5)37 1000
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