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PAIN702 Biomedical Pain Management

The current understanding of the various biomedical modalities to treat all types of pain states, including acute and chronic pain, regional pain states, neuropathic pain and its subtypes, and central pain syndromes.

The aim of this paper is for students to gain a thorough working knowledge of the structure, function, pharmacology and evidence-based use of local anaesthetics; nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents; primary and secondary analgesics; the pharmacological management of chronic regional and neuropathic pain; neuromodulation; and interventional pain diagnostics and therapy.

Paper title Biomedical Pain Management
Paper code PAIN702
Subject Pain and Pain Management
EFTS 0.125
Points 15 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2022 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,469.00
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MSME 708 or MSMX 708
Limited to
MHealSc, PGCertHealSc, PGDipHealSc, PGDipPhty, MPhty
Suitable for appropriately qualified health professionals

Teaching staff

Paper Convenor: Dr Lizi Edmonds

Paper Structure
PAIN 702 consists of eight modules, taught sequentially, using both online resources and online teaching sessions.

Topics and modules covered in this paper include:
  • An introduction to biomedical pain management, including a consideration of outcomes
  • Treatment of acute musculoskeletal pain and primary analgesics
  • Opioid analgesics in acute and chronic pain
  • Neuropathic and central sensitisation pain and its management with secondary analgesia
  • The use of interventional pain diagnosis and treatments
  • Neuromodulation and pain management
Teaching Arrangements

Material is delivered electronically and is distance taught. There are eight fortnightly online teaching sessions delivered via Zoom Videoconferencing.

There is no required text. Some readings are provided and others can be accessed via online library resources.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will have developed knowledge of
  • The structure, function, pharmacology and evidence-based use of primary and secondary analgesics, opioid analgesics, and local anaesthetic preparations
  • The pharmacological management of neuropathic pain and pain associated with central sensitisation
  • The integration of pharmacological management with non-pharmacological and interdisciplinary pain management
  • The use of neuromodulatory approaches for managing pain
  • Interventional pain diagnosis and therapy

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Further Information

Administrator Client Services
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345, Christchurch, New Zealand
Tel 64 3 364 1086

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Not offered in 2022

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system