CHALLENGES IN PAIN MANAGEMENT - 2017/8

Module code: NUR3310

Module provider

School of Health Sciences

Module Leader

ARBER AM Dr (Health Sci.)

Number of Credits

15

ECTS Credits

7.5

Framework

FHEQ Level 6

JACs code

B700

Module cap (Maximum number of students)

N/A

Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 100

Alternative Assessment

NA

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

NA

Module overview

This module covers both acute and chronic pain including malignant and non-malignant pain. The module will focus on the principles of pain assessment considering the validity and reliability of pain assessment tools and will include pain assessment of people with cognitive impairment and learning disabilities. Students will be introduced to theories of pain that will inform multidimensional pain assessment and interventions for pain including pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches. Pharmacological principles and drug interactions will also be explored. Using the case study approach students will be encouraged to link research evidence and knowledge about pain to case studies from practice.

Module aims

Evaluate pain assessment skills and implement effective strategies to prevent, and manage patients’ pain

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
006 Appraise and apply pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to pain. PT
001 Develop an in-depth knowledge of theories of pain. KC
002 Critically explore the biological and psychosocial and cultural approaches to pain KC
003 Discuss and appraise barriers to pain management CPT
004 Demonstrate skill in taking a pain history and use suitable pain assessment tools KPT
005 Evaluate the findings of multi-dimensional pain assessment and apply a range of therapeutic approaches. KCT
007 • Reflect on skill development in holistic pain management PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content



History of pain


Physiology of pain


Multi-dimensional aspects of pain


Psychological and socio-cultural approaches


Pain prevention strategies


Pain assessment strategies


Pharmacokinetic principles


Opioid and non-opioid drugs


Complex pain syndromes, eg phantom limb pain, referred pain


Implement pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches


Barriers to pain management





Evaluation of pain management



Pain in patients with cognitive changes and disabilities

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Enable students to develop holistic approaches to pain management using a bio-psycho-social approach to pain management.

 

The learning and teaching methods include:

 



Lectures and discussion


Experiential group work and discussion


Case presentations



Seminar work

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to relate theory of pain to clinical practice with patients suffering from pain.

 

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

 



Reflection on pain management practice using a case study approach. (2,500 Words)



 

 

Formative assessment



Students will prepare and give a short presentation of a patient case study focusing on one aspect of the patient’s pain.



 

Feedback

This will be given through written and verbal feedback on the formative presentation. This will enable tutor and group verbal and written feedback to each student following the presentation.

 

Please note that any evidence of unsafe practice or breach of confidentiality will result in an automatic refer for the module.

Reading list

Reading list for CHALLENGES IN PAIN MANAGEMENT : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/nur3310

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.