An Introduction to the Clinical Aspects of Pain

by Mark Johnson and David Dewhurst

an interactive, tutorial program for undergraduate students

This highly interactive program is divided into several sections each of which may be accessed from a menu:

  • Introduction,
  • Terminology: definitions and explanations of important terms e.g. pain, analgesia, allodynia, hyperalgesia, nociceptors,
  • Types of Pain: e.g., acute, chronic, nociceptive,neuropathic,
  • Functions of Pain: under normal physiological conditions,
  • Pain and Injury: examples of the variable link between pain and injury,
  • Dimensions of Pain: sensory, affective, cognitive,
  • Pain Assessment: pain assessment tools including rating scales and pain location charts,
  • Pain Management: introduction to pharmacological and non-pharmacological methods of pain relief,
  • Summary,
  • Revision: 20 self-assessment MCQ questions.

High quality colour graphics, animation and Hypertext are used extensively throughout the program to enhance student learning. The program is highly interactive and uses several features to promote this - e.g. students are required to:

(i) label diagrams by "dragging" labels from a list and "dropping" them into the box corresponding to the correct position on the diagram;
(ii) interpret different pain charts,
(iii) answer a variety of questions which may be multiple choice, selecting correct phrases from a list to complete a statement, true/false questions with feedback, hangman game, matching definitions with statements etc.

The learning package is intended to be used either to support existing teaching methods or for independent study where it could be used as an alternative to staff-led tutorials or lectures (the material covers approximately two to three one-hour lectures to first year students). It is estimated that it would occupy students for two to four hours of fairly intensive study and is suitable for primary learning or revision. The question-answer sections may also be useful for self-assessment.


Language Versions: English

Recommended System Requirements:

  • Windows:
    • Microsoft Windows XP (32 bit), Windows Server 2003 (32-bit), Windows Server 2008 (32 bit), Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit), Windows 8
    • 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor, or Intel Atom 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbooks
    • 128MB of RAM (1GB of RAM recommended for netbooks); 128MB of graphics memory
    • Internet Explorer 7.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox 4.0 or later, Google Chrome, Safari 5.0 or later, or Opera 11
  • Mac OS:
    • Mac OS X v10.6, v10.7, or v10.8
    • Intel Core Duo 1.83GHz or faster processor
    • 256MB of RAM; 128MB of graphics memory
    • Safari 5.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox 4.0 or later, Google Chrome, or Opera 11

Target Audience: Particularly suitable for first year undergraduates from a range of biological science, medical and health-related courses and may be used for both primary learning, revision and as a remedial teaching resource.

Price: £250 (multiuser, educational license)

ISBN 1-874758-30-1
©2008 Sheffield Bioscience Programs

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