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Team-Based Learning

Interprofessional Pain Education

Interprofessional Pain Education involves all stage 2 students from Dentistry, Dietetics, Medicine, Midwifery, Nursing, Pharmacy and Physiotherapy. (n= 1400)


To develop the knowledge and skills required for effective collaborative pain assessment and management.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the mechanisms of pain and impact on the individual, their family and society.
  • Undertake a holistic approach to the assessment of people experiencing pain.
  • Identify the main pharmacological and non-pharmacological strategies and their mechanism of action.
  • Work collaboratively to plan a pain management strategy that promotes independence.
  • Discuss the role of interprofessional and specialist team in providing effective pain relief.

This activity consists of two parts:


Students complete e-learning material individually before attending the workshop session. There are four main areas of study:

  • Impact of pain and pain mechanisms
  • Pain assessment and case studies
  • Therapeutic management: Pharmacological strategies
  • Therapeutic management: Non-pharmacological strategies

Interprofessional Workshop

Students are divided into small interprofessional teams to work collaboratively to devise a pain management strategy for an allocated case study that they were introduced to during the e-learning. Students then present their pain management strategy to the other interprofessional groups within the workshop. Students discuss the management of six patients with differing painful conditions.

Students are asked to complete a formative assessment online. Students who score 80% and above and attend the interprofessional workshop are provided with a certificate for successful completion of the learning unit.


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