ONC8012 : Managing Pain (E-learning)
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Victoria Hewitt
- Teaching Location: Off Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
This module looks at how pain affects not only the patients but the families, carers and healthcare professionals involved in the patient’s management.
This includes many of the practical issues that face healthcare professionals in their interaction with cancer patients, including the impact on the multidisciplinary team. Students will be given the opportunity to consider how practice influences the approaches to managing pain. The wider context of pain and the influence of society, ethnicity, age with be evaluated
This module tries to make sense of many of the political changes that have taken place in the health service and considers how they have impacted on modern cancer practice. This will include the influence of guidelines on our own practice.
Outline Of Syllabus
The module will cover the following topics:
•What is pain and how can it be assessed?
•Neurobiology of pain
•Multidisciplinary aspects of care
•The dying patient
•Pharmacology of pain
•Using opioid analgesia
•Managing pain in practice 1
•Managing pain in practice 2
•Non pharmacological approaches
•Social aspects of pain
•Difficult issues in managing patients with pain
•Multidisciplinary approach to pain management
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||20||1:00||20:00|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||12||3:00||36:00||Online content|
|Guided Independent Study||Reflective learning activity||10||1:00||10:00||eJournal and blogs|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||10||1:00||10:00||Supplemental reading|
|Guided Independent Study||Online Discussion||12||2:00||24:00|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Through a series of online tutorials and weekly activities as well as private study (including directed reading) students will gain a detailed knowledge of pain management. Students are encouraged to participate in online collaborative discussions via the discussion boards to help consolidate their understanding of the curricular and relate the theory to their own practice.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written exercise||2||A||90||Critique an existing guideline for an aspect of pain management. (2000 Words)|
|Portfolio||2||M||10||Participation in collaborative e-learning activities throughout the module.|
|Written exercise||2||M||Critique of an example guideline|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The written formative assessments allows students to review literature and pain guidelines, and critically appraise and review each other’s work via online discussion tools. Formative feedback given at this stage will directly feed into their summative assessments.
The summative assessment requires students to use the understanding of how pain is managed to critique a relevant guideline for the management of pain. Justifying the reasons for this choice and discussing its application requires the students to relate it to their own area of practice. This will be reflective in nature and facilitate the critical application of relevant research to the chosen title.
A participation grade is included to encourage and reward the student's engagement with the
Should a student fail the participation assessment and have to undertake a re-sit they will have to
complete a different form of assessment. The student will be asked to look at 2 participation
activities as identified by the module leader/team and submit a 500 word written summary (approx. 250 words per activity).
- Reading List Website : rlo.ncl.ac.uk