A learning and teaching resource on patient self-management of chronic pain

Lorraine Smith, Lin Brown, A. Bundy, Sue Ronaldson, Heather McKenzie, Peter Lewis, Sinthia Bosnic-Anticevich

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Objective. To develop, pilot test, and evaluate an instructional module on patient self-management for undergraduate pharmacy students in an Australian university.

Design. Learning outcomes and associated content and assessment tasks were developed, featuring lecture and readings, in-class discussions, and online delivery of in-depth interviews with patients who were living with chronic pain.

Assessment. Students completed a premodule and postmodule questionnaire and were further assessed by multiple-choice questions following completion of the module and again at the end of the semester. Positive changes were identified in the students’ discourse surrounding patient self-management of chronic pain. Responses to multiple-choice questions showed that knowledge was sustained over the course of the semester.

Conclusions. Completion of a comprehensive module on patient self-management increased undergraduate pharmacy students’ understanding and knowledge of patients experiencing chronic pain. The module could be implemented across other healthcare disciplines.
Original languageEnglish
Article number35
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 12 Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • online learning
  • curriculum patient interviews
  • patient self-management
  • student perceptions
  • assessment


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