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PAIN5003: Pain Treatment and Management Principles

To introduce participants to the core principles of pain assessment, treatment and management. Participants consider the biopsychosocial model and the scientific basis for assessment, diagnosis and treatment. They explore principles of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, together with routes of drug administration. The role of physiotherapy and rehabilitation management, and the use of procedures such as neural blockade, simulation techniques and surgery are also considered.

Code PAIN5003
Academic unit Discipline of Pain Medicine
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Demonstrate a rational approach to diagnosis
  • LO2. Identify the tools and techniques to assess and diagnose pain problems
  • LO3. Discuss/explain the basic principles of pharmacology
  • LO4. Discuss the use of drugs to manage pain based on research evidence
  • LO5. Describe available treatment options for the management of pain and the underlying principles for their mode of action
  • LO6. Draw on current research evidence about efficacy, side effects, ethics and costs of various treatment in clinical practice