Introduction to Pain Management
Assignment 2: Information Resource
50% of final grade
Due: Monday 16th October 2023
This assessment is designed to give you an opportunity to investigate a new/emerging treatment for pain, and to practice translating your knowledge of the evidence-based management of pain for patients. In this assessment, you will produce a resource that you may be able to use in your clinical practice/situation.
You have been asked to create a Patient Information Resource about a new/emerging treatment for pain (of your choice) for use in your clinical practice setting. You have creative license as to what format this resource will take, but it needs to contain enough information for a patient to give informed consent.
1. Select a new/emerging pain management approach/treatment for either acute or chronic pain (eg: deep brain stimulation, virtual reality, 'medicinal cannabis'). There are no hard rules about how ‘new’ a treatment must be, but as a guide, your treatment should not be available in the majority of clinics within New Zealand. Feel free to get in touch with Mark with queries.
2. Create a Patient Resource describing this intervention/treatment in enough detail that someone could give informed Consent. Your resource can take any format you see fit but should be easy to understand, engaging and appropriate for a lay audience.
You should consider including information about:
a) Description of the treatment: What the treatment involves, what the patient can expect both during and after treatment, where the treatment is available, who can offer it, how long it takes, costs etc.
b) Scientific basis: How the treatment works (or is proposed to work), the theoretic basis or proposed mechanism(s) etc.
c) Evidence of effectiveness: How well the treatment works, what the potential benefits/outcomes are and how likely these are (ie: the evidence base) etc.
d) Safety considerations: Indications (for whom and when it might be best) and contraindications (who not, when not, drug interactions), any potential side effects or adverse events and the likelihood of these etc.
e) Alternatives: What the alternative or complementary treatment options are etc.
For a refresher on Informed Consent see the following resource provided on Blackboard: ? Information-choice-of-treatment-and-informed-consent.pdf
You need to consider who your resource is for and use appropriate language for your target audience.
For help with designing and writing your resource, see the ‘Helpful Resources’ provided on Blackboard
Your resource MUST include references to the literature. For the purposes of this assignment, if you prefer, you may use an alternative referencing system other than APA 7th (eg: a numbered system such as Vancouver or Chicago might be better and more patient friendly).
For help with referencing styles, see the following resources provided on Blackboard: ? Otago Libraries Subject Guide on ‘Referencing/Citation Styles’
3. Submit your Patient Resource via the Assessment Submission Portal on Blackboard by the end of the day on Monday 16th October 2023. Please note: Unless a late submission request has been approved by the Paper Coordinator, a 5% penalty for late submission of Assignments will be applied.
If your resource is in a format other than .PDF or .DOC please email email@example.com before the due date to arrange an alternative way of submitting.
This assessment will be marked out of 50 marks using the Marking Rubric below and is worth 50% of your
• Help with your assessment is available via the main Discussion Board Forum on Blackboard. Please ask any questions here so that everyone can benefit from the reply.
• An example of an Information Resource by a previous student is available on Blackboard as an example.
• Review the marking rubric below for areas you should focus on.
• Many organisations create patient information resources, do an online search and see what you find.
PAIN711 2023 Assignment 2: Information Resource - Marking Rubric
Marks 15 - 12 11 - 10 9 - 8 7 - 0
Use of literature
Has selected and synthesised a wide range of appropriate, high- quality sources, developing a
coherent rationale for the selected
treatment. Has presented an upto-date and balanced view
creatively by applying peripheral literature when needed.
Has selected and applied a range of quality sources, developing a clear rationale for the selected
treatment. Attempts to present an up-to-date and balanced view.
Appropriate literature has been selected but is either presented
uncritically or used in a descriptive way. Does not present a clear rationale for the selected treatment.
Literature either not consulted, irrelevant to assessment or of poor quality.
15 - 12 11 - 10 9 - 8 7 - 0
Summary is well-structured and appealing.
Presents information succinctly in an easily useable way for target audience.
Summary is clearly structured.
Presents information in a usable way for target audience.
Summary is somewhat unclear or not well structured
Information is not presented in a usable way for target audience.
Presentation of summary is inappropriate for target audience.
15 - 12 11 - 10 9 - 8 7 - 0
Resource provides a comprehensive overview of treatment from the patient
perspective and contains more
than adequate information needed for patient to give Informed Consent.
Resource provides an overview of treatment from the patient
perspective and contains adequate information needed for patient to give Informed Consent.
Resource attempts to provide an overview of treatment but may not contain adequate
information for patient to give Informed Consent.
Resource does not contain adequate information for patient to give Informed Consent.
5 4 3 2 - 0
Citations are clearly presented using a consistent referencing
style, allowing reader to source references.
Citations are presented using a mostly consistent referencing style allowing reader to source references.
Citations are presented but are inconsistent, reader may not be able to source all references.
Citations are not presented at all or are presented in a way that
does not allow reader to source references.