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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This elective has been designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the role of the occupational therapist in the management of pain. The focus is on the pain experience of clients and the physiological, psychosocial, and environmental components of that experience, with an application of profession-specific theoretical frameworks to assess and manage pain and the impact of pain on everyday life. The inclusion of specific management strategies is intended to build on knowledge previously examined, supplemented by self-directed learning. As such, a review of potential interventions rather than detailed instruction of each management strategy should be expected. Students should be familiar with the theoretical models behind interventions as well as the empirical evidence of effectiveness of any management strategies, and will be expected to adopt a critical appraisal perspective as a basis for decision making when reviewing the benefits and limitations of interventions.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorEllie Fossey

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 6 - Doctoral

Exchange StudentsYes

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Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEnabling occupation: an occupational therapy perspectiveRecommendedCAOT (2002)(REVISED ED) OTTAWA: CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS
ReadingsModel of human occupationRecommendedKielhofner, G (2002)3RD EDN. BALTIMORE: LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS
ReadingsPain mechanisms: a new theory. Science 150: 971-979 WHORecommendedMelzack, R. wall, P. (1965)(2001) INTERNATIONAL CLASSIFICATION OF FUNCTIONING, DISABILITY AND HEALTH. GENEVA: WHO PUBLICATIONS

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