PTY-40011 - Psychosocial aspects of pain
Coordinator: Eleanor Latham
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Level: Level 7
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
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Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective





The course is aimed primarily at those with a practical and/or theoretical interest in the psychosocial issues relating to pain science and the management of pain. Candidates should normally have a first or second class honours degree in a relevant professional or academic area.

Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

Indicative topics: Introduction to key concepts and overview of psychosocial factors as (a) consequences of pain and disability (b) predictors of pain and disability,(c) integral components of pain experience. Key topics: Pain and behaviour, self efficacy, the management of pain, language and communication, including workshops with simulated patients and the relevance of interpersonal relationships in pain. The background to each key topic will be explored in practical workshops and interactive seminars.

  1. To develop a critical understanding of psychosocial aspects of the experience of pain.
  2. To explore the interplay between psychosocial issues from a multidisciplinary perspective.
  3. To link with other modules.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The student should be able to:
  • Understand relevant concepts in psychosocial aspects of pain.
  • Evaluate and integrate research findings in a multi-disciplinary approach to pain.
  • Critically appreciate the significance of psychosocial aspects for care and support of people in pain.

Study hours

Student Study Hours: 150 Student Contact Hours: 24 Hours and Tutorial Time

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Essay weighted 100%
4000 words
4,000 word essay.