Pain Assessment I - Psychosocial

10 Units

A course based on studies of selected prescribed reading and evaluations of the literature, designed to enable candidates to formulate an assessment of the psychological, social and vocational problems faced by a patient in pain.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Medicine and Public Health

Not currently offered

Previously offered in 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

Learning Outcomes

To be able to state and iimplement systematically means of obtaining information about the psychosocial profile of patients in pain.

To assess the reliability, validity and utility of psychometric tests commonly used in the assessment of patients with pain.

By assessing their previous training and experience to identify those tests of disproven, proven and unknown reliability and validity. to judge what tests are, therefore, appropriate for their own practice.

To assess and comment on the practices of others in this regard.

To be able to identify, psychologicla, social and vocational problems that patients in pain might suffer.

To be able to formulate a case in terms of impairment, disability and handicap in physical, psychological, social and vocational domains.


The utility of psychometric tools: MMPI, SCL-90, Oswestry, Roland-Morris, SF-36, BDI, SIP, FABQ the significance of behavioural issues: fear avoidance, the notion of yellow dags, depression and pain Medicolegal issues: the effects of compensation, provisions of workers compensation and motor accident acts Formulation: definitions and applications of impairment, disability, handicap in physical, psychological, social, vocational domains.

Replacing Course(s) nil
Assumed Knowledge Previous clinical experience involving interaction with patients.
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assignment on formulating assessment of one of the candidate's own patients, together with a critical justification of what was and what was not done.
Contact Hours
  • Email Discussion Group: for 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Requirements
  • Requisite by Enrolment This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Pain Medicine program.
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for MEDI6040
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