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Project structure

The e-Pain project consists of 13 modules the first two of which cover the principles and the science that underpin basic pain management. Subsequent modules cover a wide range of pain conditions and available treatments. Each module contains a series of 30 minute sessions and is managed by an experienced editor. You can find out more about each module by clicking on the module titles below.

Module 1 Basic Pain Management

Module 1 Basic Pain Management

Editor – Robert Searle

Sessions:

  • Epidemiology and the Burden of Pain

  • Definitions and Mechanisms of Pain

  • History, Examination and Assessment of Pain

  • Common Medications and Therapies for Pain 

  • Acute Pain Management

  • Chronic Pain Management

  • Predictors for chronic pain

Module 2 Basic Science

Module 2 Basic Science

Editor - Mark Rockett

Sessions:

  • Biopsychosocial Model in Pain Management

  • Anatomy of the ascending pain pathway

  • Innervation of the trunk

  • Physiology of pain

  • Modulation and plasticity in the nociceptive system

  • Pain and the peripheral nervous system

  • Pain and the central nervous System

  • Nociceptive pain

  • Visceral pain

  • Neuropathic pain

  • Psychology Aspects of Acute Pain

  • Imaging and Pain

Module 3 Treatment - Pharmacological

Module 3 Treatment - Pharmacological

Editor - Roger Knaggs

Sessions:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

  • Paracetamol

  • Opioids - Basic Principles

  • Commonly Used Opioids

  • Local Anaesthetics

  • Assessing Treatment Efficacy

  • Multimodal Analgesia

  • Anticonvulsants 

  • Antidepressants

Module 3 Treatment – Non-pharmacological

Module 3 Treatment – Non-pharmacological

Editor – Paul Wilkinson

Sessions:

  • Multidisciplinary management of pain

  • Psychological assessment and approach to treatment

  • Interventional procedures for pain relief

  • Self-management strategies

  • TENS and alternative treatments

Module 4 Acute Pain – Introduction

Module 4 Acute Pain – Introduction

Editor – Jane Quinlan

Sessions:

  • History, organisation and objectives of acute pain teams

  • History, examination and simple uni-dimensional tools

  • Perioperative management of chronic pain patients

  • Preventative vs. Pre-emptive analgesia

  • Chronic post-surgical pain

Module 4 Acute Pain – Techniques

Module 4 Acute Pain – Techniques

Editor – Jane Quinlan

Sessions:

  • Step III: Administration Techniques – IV Bolus, PRN, Infusion

  • Step III: Administration Techniques – IV PCA

  • Step III: Administration Techniques - Oral, Intramuscular, Subcutaneous, Rectal, Sublingual and Inhaled

Module 05 MSK pain

Module 05 MSK pain

Editor – Stephen Ward

Sessions:

  • Chronic MSK pain – diagnosis and management

  • Cervical Pain diagnosis and management

  • LBP-  Diagnosis, management and interventional therapy

  • Pain Management in Sports Medicine

Module 06 Neuropathic Pain

Module 06 Neuropathic Pain

Editor – Lesley Colvin

Sessions:

  • Diagnosis and evaluation of Neuropathic pain

  • Common Chronic pain conditions - 1 -PHN, PDPN, TGN

  • Common Chronic pain conditions – Phantom limb pain

  • Practical issues in neuropathic pain medicines 

Module 07 Other Chronic Pain

Module 07 Other Chronic Pain

Editor – John Hughes

Sessions:

  • Headache- Diagnosis and management

  • Chronic pelvic pain

  • Facial pain principles and management

  • Visceral Pain – gastrointestinal, oesophageal, non-cardiac chest pain

  • Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome

  • Common Chronic pain conditions –  Central and widespread pain

Module 08 Special Populations – Specific Conditions

Module 08 Special Populations – Specific Conditions

Sessions:

  • Pain and Analgesia in Pregnancy

  • Sickle Cell Pain

  • Drug Addiction and Dependency

Module 08 Special Populations – Paediatric Pain

Module 08 Special Populations – Paediatric Pain

Editor – Richard Howard

Sessions:

  • Pain in Children is Different

  • Assessment of Pain in Children

  • Acute Pain in Children

  • Chronic Pain in Children

  • Musculoskeletal Pain in Children

Module 08 Special Populations – Pain in Older People

Module 08 Special Populations – Pain in Older People

Editor – Pat Schofield

Sessions:

  • Assessment and diagnosis

  • Common conditions

  • Medications and older adults:  Prescribing implications in organ dysfunction

  • Cognitive strategies in older adults

Module 09 Cancer Pain

Module 09 Cancer Pain

Editor - Paul Farquhar-Smith

Sessions:

  • Causes and aetiology of pain in cancer

  • Principles of management of pain in cancer: drug therapies

  • Principles of management of pain in cancer: non-drug therapies 

  • Pain in cancer survivors

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