PAIN AND DISABILITY

OCT6RPS

Not currently offered

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.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorEllie Fossey

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 6 - Doctoral

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

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PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

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

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Students will be able to critically analyze and evaluate the current theories of the anatomical, physiological, and psychological basis of pain and pain relief

Activities:
Reading and discussing relevant literature and online learning resources, synthesising key elements of pain theory with occupational therapy conceptual models in communication with other students and unit facilitator
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Communication (Communication)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)
Teamwork (Teamwork)

02. Students will be able to identify, retrieve and critically appraise high level evidence describing how personal, familial, cultural and environmental factors contribute to the pain experience, assessment and management of pain.

Activities:
Reading and discussing relevant literature and online learning resources with other students and unit facilitator, and in the preparation of the assignment and completion of on line exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Communication (Communication)
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)

03. Students will be able to analyse and synthesize high level research evidence to formulate an evidence-based approach to assessment of the pain experience, and treatment and evaluation in contexts of acute and chronic pain within an occupational therapy framework using a person-centred perspective.

Activities:
Reading and discussing relevant literature and online learning resources with other students and unit facilitator, and in the preparation of the assignment and completion of on line exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Speaking (Speaking)
Communication (Communication)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

04. Students will be able to analyse and differentiate the reliability, validity, benefits, and limitations of self-report, behavioural, and physiological measures to assess and measure pain, pain experience, and impact of pain on everyday life.

Activities:
Reading and discussing relevant literature and online learning resources with other students and unit facilitator, and in the preparation of the assignment and completion of on line exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Communication (Communication)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Speaking (Speaking)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

05. Students will be able to critically analyse principal theories underpinning prevention of pain problems in the home and workplace and formulate evidence-based approaches to prevention of common pain problems within a framework of health promotion and illness prevention

Activities:
Reading and discussing relevant literature and online learning resources with other students and unit facilitator, and in the preparation of the assignment and completion of on line exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Speaking (Speaking)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Communication (Communication)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

06. Students will be able to differentiate the roles and responsibilities of other health care professionals in the area of pain management, and formulate an effective interdisciplinary approach to the assessment and treatment of acute and chronic pain

Activities:
Reading and discussing relevant literature and online learning resources with other students and unit facilitator, and in the preparation of the assignment and completion of on line exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Writing (Writing)
Speaking (Speaking)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Communication (Communication)

07. Students will be able to investigate, critique and synthesize current and new knowledge about pain mechanisms and management, so as to formulate an evidence-based practice approach and determine the importance of ongoing pain education

Activities:
Reading and discussing relevant literature and online learning resources with other students and unit facilitator, and in the preparation of the assignment and completion of on line exam
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Professional Practice (Professional Practice)
Ethical/ Social Responsibility (Ethical/ Social Responsibility)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Speaking (Speaking)
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Communication (Communication)

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