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NU7707 - Palliative Approaches to Pain and Symptom Management (10 ECTS)

Learning Outcomes

Following completion of this module the student should be able to:

  • MLO-1. Explore and critically examine the relationship between the theory and practice of pain and symptom management.
  • MLO-2. Explore and critically examine the relationship between the theory and practice of pain and symptom management in the context of total pain.
  • MLO-3. Analyse the principles of assessment and management of pain and other symptoms experienced by individuals with life limiting conditions.
  • MLO-4. Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the pharmacological management of pain and other symptoms experienced by individuals with life threatening conditions.
  • MLO-5. Explore, critically analyse and evaluate the role of non-pharmacological methods in pain and other symptom management.
  • MLO-6. Understand, apply and critique the principles of symptom assessment and management in delivering whole person care in the context of non-malignant conditions.
  • MLO-7. Critically discuss strategies in patient and family education     related to pain and symptom management

Module Content

  • Principles of Pain and Symptom Management
  • Patient Assessment in Palliative care.
  • Multidimensional Nature of Pain.
  • Pain Theories.
  • Total Pain.
  • Pharmacological and Non Pharmacological Approaches to pain and symptom management.
  • Pain and Symptom Management: Challenges and considerations in the context of Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Care.
  • Ascites / Constipation / Diarrhoea.
  • Dyspepsia / Dysphagia.
  • Fatigue / Nausea and Vomiting.
  • Lymphoedema.
  • Oral and Respiratory Problems.
  • Terminal Phase (managing the last hours and days).
  • Palliative care Emergencies.

Module Learning Aims & Rationale

Pain and symptom management are integral to the philosophy of Palliative care practice. A range of knowledge and skills are required in the management of pain and other symptoms. “Total pain” emphasises the multi-dimensional implications of pain in life limiting conditions. The holistic management of pain and other symptoms has meaning for the nature of knowledge held and used in the context of interdisciplinary Palliative care practice.