To provide candidates with means of managing pain in their own community setting, by providing up-to-date information on the available means of treating pain.
To be able to apply the skills of critical reasoning to assess the efficacy of a treatment for pain.
to be able to select for a patient the best plan of management based on a thorough appraisal of the patient’s problems and efficacy of treatment options.
To be able to co-operate with others in an interdisciplinary fashion to obtain optimal management of their patients.
Pharmacology: clinically relevant aspects of pharmacology of paracetamol, opioids, local anaesthetics, NSAIDS, tricyclics, steroids, new agents including pharmacokinetics, routes of delivery, dosage, complicaitons, indications and efficacy.
Physical therapy: efficacy and utility of physical therpaies
Electrotherapy: efficacy and utility of TENS, DCS
Behavioural Therapy: models of behavioural therapy psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, operatn conditioning, characteristic elements of each, evidence of efficacy
Surgery: principles of correctiional surgery for pain, indications and efficacy. Cryosurgery and RF neurotomy - applications and evidence of efficacy, new surgery procedures
How to obtain novel or high-tech treatment: what to expect afterwards, what to look out for and what to do