19 - 23 January 2009
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The module will help provide a critical approach to understanding the anatomy physiology and pharmacology of acute and chronic pain. It will also help in the understanding of issues surrounding the setting up a pain service and the role of education and research in furthering the sub-speciaility. The syllabus will cover a range of subjects beginning with an understanding of the anatomy, physiology and pharmacology of pain management. You will be expected to gain considerable knowledge of clinical topics through to recognising the importance of education and audit and ethical issues surrounding the sensitive subject of pain management.
At the end of this course the student will be able to:
An in-depth knowledge and understanding of the anatomical and physiological basis of acute and chronic pain
Recognise, analyse, integrate history, physical and psychosocial aspects crucial to the diagnosis of pain syndromes.
Recognise and understand the underlying mechanism/s involved in the transition from acute pain state to chronic pain state
Show a good understanding of the origin, diagnosis and management of cancer pain
- The role of multi-disciplinary approach to pain management
Recognise the role, advantages and limitations of non-pharmacological methods of pain management
Have a thorough understanding of the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics of the therapeutic interventions used in the management of acute and chronic pain
Demonstrate the ability to formulate a patient focussed strategy/ies for management of pain
Be aware of issues involved in the setting up of a pain service
Recognise the importance of education, audit and research for the future development of the speciality
- Demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues affecting pain management
A 4,000 word assignment is required to gain 20