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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 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Flexible
Course Start Date 18/09/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 2, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 184 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) This includes formative and summative assignments being completed in the students' own time.
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
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:¿Subgrouping Patients With Nonspecific Low Back Pain: Hope or Hype?¿B. T. Saragiotto, C. G. Maher, M. J. Hancock, and B. W. Koes,¿¿The journal of orthopaedic and sports physical therapy, vol. 47, no. 2, pp. 44¿48, Feb. 2017, doi: 10.2519/jospt.2017.0602.

Article: A new clinical model for facilitating the development of pattern recognition skills in clinical pain assessment.¿D. M. Walton and J. M. Elliott,¿¿Musculoskeletal science & practice, vol. 36, pp. 17¿24, 2018, doi: 10.1016/j.msksp.2018.03.006.

Article: Back to basics: 10 facts every person should know about back pain. P. B. O¿Sullivan¿et al.,¿¿British journal of sports medicine, vol. 54, no. 12, pp. 698¿699, 2020, doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2019-101611.

Book chapter:¿Special Tests in Musculoskeletal Examination.¿N. Hanchard,¿¿pp 17¿88. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-7020-3025-3.00002-2.

Article:¿It is time to move beyond ¿body region silos¿ to manage musculoskeletal pain: five actions to change clinical practice.¿J. P. Caneiro¿et al.,¿British journal of sports medicine, vol. 54, no. 8, pp. 438¿439, 2020, doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2018-100488.

Book chapter:¿Clinical Reasoning: Knowledge, Uncertainty, and Values in Health Care.¿D. Chiffi,¿¿Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2020, pp. 63¿76. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-59094-9_5.

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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