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Postgraduate Course: Introduction to Pain Management in Practice (PAMA11070)

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
SummaryThrough short case studies covering a variety of key pain areas, participants will explore a variety of pain conditions and subsequent management strategies.
Course description This course is the final of the six core subjects in the Clinical Management of Pain programme. It aims to provide you with an opportunity to explore a variety of pain conditions and subsequent management strategies. Participants will have opportunity, through selected case studies, to put into practice their knowledge of current pain management practice and theory.

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
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 5 (Sem 2) and beyond
Course Start Date 29/04/2024
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 3, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 2, Online Activities 15, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 30, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 46 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) 46
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. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principles of pain management and an awareness of current issues
  2. Apply knowledge, skills and understanding of the principles of pain management to a range of pain conditions in clinical practice
  3. Be critical consumers of knowledge, applying reflection, analysis, evaluation and synthesis to research at the forefront of clinical management of pain
  4. Communicate effectively with peers and approach clinical practice in a way which draws on reflection on your own and others¿ clinical roles
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:¿

Andrews, E.T., Beattie, R.M. & Tighe, M.P. (2020) Functional abdominal pain: what clinicians need to know. Archives of disease in childhood. 105 (10), 938¿944. doi:10.1136/archdischild-2020-318825.

Ashar, Y., Perlis, R., Liston, C., Gunning, F. & Wager, T. (2022) Effects of Pain Reprocessing Therapy on Attributed Causes of Chronic Back Pain. The journal of pain. 23 (5), 27¿28. doi:10.1016/j.jpain.2022.03.108.

Brown, L.K., Beattie, R.M. & Tighe, M.P. (2016) Practical management of functional abdominal pain in children. Archives of disease in childhood. 101 (7), 677¿683. doi:10.1136/archdischild-2014-306426.

Demir, I.E., Friess, H. & Ceyhan, G.O. (2015) Neural plasticity in pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. Nature reviews. Gastroenterology & hepatology. 12 (11), 649¿659. doi:10.1038/nrgastro.2015.166.

Erlenwein, J., Diers, M., Ernst, J., Schulz, F. & Petzke, F. (2021) Clinical updates on phantom limb pain. Pain reports. 6 (1), e888¿e888. doi:10.1097/PR9.0000000000000888.

Jones, W.B. & Hale, A.L. (2021) Pancreatic cancer pain: impact and management challenges. Gastrointestinal cancer. 7, 13¿17. doi:10.2147/GICTT.S95532.

Makin, T.R. & Flor, H. (2020) Brain (re)organisation following amputation: Implications for phantom limb pain. NeuroImage (Orlando, Fla.). 218, 116943¿116943. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2020.116943.

Mansour, A.R., Farmer, M.A., Baliki, M.N. & Apkarian, A.V. (2014) Chronic pain: The role of learning and brain plasticity. Restorative neurology and neuroscience. 32 (1), 129¿139. doi:10.3233/RNN-139003.
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 organiserDr Barbara Phipps
Course secretaryMs Ewelina Skala
Tel: (0131 5)37 1000
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