The University of Southampton

PODY3014 Open Module - Pain

Module Overview

Most of the modules in the programme are compulsory that you are required to take. The aims of the options modules are to provide students the opportunity personalise their programme of study and prepare for their own unique future.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

At the end of this options module on pain the student will: • develop further knowledge and insight into the area of pain management • understand the importance of appreciating the physical and psychosocial dimensions of pain • understand the importance of multi-disciplinary team working for pain management intervention • enhance students’ confidence in being able to work with people with pain • understand the role complementary therapies could play for people with chronic pain

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • To critically explore aspects of pain management and evaluate the underpinning evidence-base for these techniques and philosophies and discuss how they may be integrated into clinical practice
  • To be able to describe outcome measures for pain, evaluate the knowledge gained and critically apply it to podiatry professional practice
  • To be able to reflect on your learning activity regarding pain management and how the usage of research evidence can inform treatment plans and how this contributes to becoming a lifelong learner
  • To be able to reflect on the application of knowledge gained to the different levels of global, national, local and personal practices, and how it will inform future personal and professional practice


This option module will focus on issues of acute and chronic pain from conventional and complementary perspectives. It will draw on anatomical and physiological theory and will consider the psychological and sociological aspects of pain. The theories and measurement of pain will be discussed. Sessions will allow the opportunity to explore some of the different intervention strategies. Part of the module may be to observe a chronic pain management programme. The overall aim of the option is to facilitate the participants’ understanding of this important area. It will allow them to explore their own views, beliefs and experiences of pain and also discuss current themes so that they may have a better understanding of clients / patients who experience pain in its broadest concept. The module will cover different aspects of pain management such as: • Multidimensional nature of pain and aspects of the physiological and psychological basis of pain • Pain assessment and measurement • The management of pain – the effective therapeutic relationship, behavioural management and the place of some selected interventions • Clinical conditions – an introduction to some selected clinical conditions (e.g. such as musculoskeletal pain, neuropathic pain, complex regional pain syndrome, cancer, pelvic pain) As part of the module students will be expected to research an area of interest in pain management and present this to the group.

Special Features

Where the module includes special features such as a field trips or study abroad, it should be made clear how students with special needs will be enabled to benefit from this or an equivalent experience (for example, ensuring women-only accommodation is available and that special dietary requirements can be met, or providing equivalent learning opportunities without requiring overnight stays). As part of the module students will be expected to research an area of interest in pain management and present this to the group. This research may be conducted in groups. The needs of those students with special needs will be accommodated on an individual basis.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

• Lectures • Practical demonstrations • Practical work • Student presentations • Visits • Discussions • Case studies (theoretical and with patient)

Independent Study163.5
Total study time187.5


Assessment Strategy

Presentation (10 minutes = 40% of the marks) and viva (15 minutes = 60% of the marks) on a chosen aspect of pain and pain management by podiatry


MethodPercentage contribution
Individual Presentation  (10 minutes) 40%
Viva  (15 minutes) 60%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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