Pain Assessment I - Medical

Course code MEDI6030Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Medicine and Public Health

This subject is designed to provide candidates with a systematic approach to the clinical assessment of pain, in terms of its biomedical dimensions, using techniques that have been critically evaluated for reliability and validity. This subjct does not preclude enrollment in other subjects.

Not available in 2015

Objectivesto be able to state and implement systematically means of obtaining information about patients with pain in terms of history, examination and iinvestigations.

To assess the reliability and validity of actions and tests that might be used in this regard.

By assessing their previous trainig and experience to identify those tests of disproven, proven and unknown relability and validity. To judge what tests are, therefore, approriate for their own practice.

To assess and comment on the practices of others in this regard.

To design studis to evaluate the reliability and validity of new or understood diagnostic tests.
Content- understanding nosology and taxonomy
- the relability and validity of history
- how to take a pain history
- the relability and validity of examination
- the relability and validity of investigations - imaging, nerve conduction studies, EMG, thermography, diagnostic blocks
Replacing Course(s)nil
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePrevious clinical experience involving interaction with patients and familiarity with medical investigations. Undergraduate experience in biology sufficient to understand the principles of medical investigations.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Distance Learning : Paper Based
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssignemnt on formulating as assessment of one of the candidate's own patients, together with a critical justification of what was and what was not done.
Contact HoursEmail Discussion Group: for 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Pain Medicine program.