Pain Assessment I - Psychosocial

Course code MEDI6040Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Medicine and Public Health

A course based on studies of selected prescribed reading and evaluations of the literature, designed to enable candidates to formulate an assessment of the psychological, social and vocational problems faced by a patient in pain.

Not available in 2015

ObjectivesTo be able to state and iimplement systematically means of obtaining information about the psychosocial profile of patients in pain.

To assess the reliability, validity and utility of psychometric tests commonly used in the assessment of patients with pain.

By assessing their previous training and experience to identify those tests of disproven, proven and unknown reliability and validity. to judge what tests are, therefore, appropriate for their own practice.

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

To be able to identify, psychologicla, social and vocational problems that patients in pain might suffer.

To be able to formulate a case in terms of impairment, disability and handicap in physical, psychological, social and vocational domains.
ContentThe utility of psychometric tools:
MMPI, SCL-90, Oswestry, Roland-Morris, SF-36, BDI, SIP, FABQ
the significance of behavioural issues:
fear avoidance, the notion of yellow dags, depression and pain
Medicolegal issues:
the effects of compensation, provisions of workers compensation and motor accident acts
definitions and applications of impairment, disability, handicap in physical, psychological, social, vocational domains.
Replacing Course(s)nil
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePrevious clinical experience involving interaction with patients.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Distance Learning : Paper Based
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssignment on formulating 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.