CHALLENGES IN PAIN MANAGEMENT - 2023/4
Module code: NUR3310
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.
School of Health Sciences
DOPSON Amy (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
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 120
Lecture Hours: 30
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
History of pain
Physiology of pain
Multi-dimensional aspects of pain
Psychological and socio-cultural approaches
Pain prevention strategies
Pain assessment strategies
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
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
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)
Students will prepare and give a short presentation of a patient case study focusing on one aspect of the patient’s pain.
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.
- Evaluate pain assessment skills and implement effective strategies to prevent, and manage patients’ pain
|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|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
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
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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Programmes this module appears in
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|Primary and Community Care (District Nursing) (SPQ) MSc||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
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 2023/4 academic year.