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Managing Pain (E-learning) [ONC8012]    Back

Newcastle University Course Type: Short courses (CPD) Start Date: To be announced
Fees/total cost: EUR 586.99 (GBP 435.00)



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 will 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

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.

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 reflect the student's engagement with the collaborative activities included throughout this e-learning module.

Short courses (CPD) - Part time

Student investment time:
100.0 Hours
Teaching method:
Distance Learning
Standard applicant fee:
EUR 586.99 (GBP 435.00)
EUR 1,113.26 (GBP 825.00)
Tuition fees

Course Provider Details

Course contact information

Oncology and Palliative Care Team
University accredited:
Short courses (CPD): 10 CATS
Last update: 14/03/2016