Facts and figuresThe programme at a glance
Programme structureA view of the study programme
The programme consists of two – more or less separate – parts; one part aiming at the transfer of knowledge about the results of the pain sciences and one part aiming at discussing/reflecting on the practical implications of this knowledge for concrete practices and clinical cases.
The minor contains different educational formats; the relevant body of knowledge of pain basics will be studied and discussed via online lectures (‘knowledge clips’), the reading of key texts and life discussions led by clinicians/researchers in the field of pain.
Besides that, students will reflect on the practical implications of this knowledge for their practices. To further this, students will visit practices of pain rehabilitation and will discuss and reflect on clinical cases.
I Multidimensional nature of pain
- Pain as a public health problem with social, ethical, legal and economic consequences.
- Epidemiology with overview of statistics related to acute, recurrent and/or persistent (chronic) and cancer pain.
- Barriers to effective pain assessment and management: individual, family, health professional, society, political institutions.
B Pain Theory
- Definition of pain and pain terms
- Classification systems of pain
- Multiple dimensions of pain to include physiological, sensory, affective, cognitive behavioural, social/cultural/political
- Ethical standards of care (provision of measures to minimize pain and suffering) for health care professionals.
- Inadequate pain management for specific groups including infants, children, elders, those with communication difficulties and/or learning disabilities.
The programme contains two examinations:
- One lecture/week (100 minutes) about topics within the body of knowledge pain sciences;
- Two lectures/week (2 x 100 minutes) about acquiring interviewing skills, analysing interviews and writing a research report;
- Description of signs, symptoms, practical implications, cognitive and emotional consequences of pain and the quality of life of the person with pain
- Description of the ‘pain-belief system’ of person with pain
- Description of social factors in relation to pain
- Experiences with health care and health care professionals
- Theoretical exam
Project based on a question from health care practices. Question will be formulated in collaboration with the lectures involved in the programme. Questions are about the quality of care for patients with pain.
The project contains the following parts:
- Review of the relevant literature
- Oral presentation
By following this programme, students prepare themselves to play a vital role in the – interdisciplinary – cure and care for patients with pain in the context of nursing, occupational and/or physical therapy practices. The knowledge and skills that they acquire following this programme will and ensure an enlarged body of knowledge of the pain sciences, enriched skills regarding diagnostic and therapeutic opportunities and a broadened view of multidisciplinary collaborations.