The aims of this unit are to provide a theoretical framework for the management of acute pain, to examine the specific contributors that are important in the development of acute pain conditions and to examine pharmacological and other approaches used in the management of acute pain. Topics that will be covered will include the principles of pre-emptive analgesia and evidence of effectiveness in preventing pain, pharmacological management of acute pain including approaches such as patient controlled analgesia, adjunctive approaches in managing acute pain and the transition from acute to chronic pain.
Approximately 10 hours of study per week (equals 140 hours in total)
Participation in online discussion (25%), 4000-5000 written assignment/s or equivalent (75%)
this unit is case based and is only suitable for experienced clinicians.