KLH3201 - Chronic Pain and Fatigue: Examination and Treatment


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Home examination 100/100 3 days A

Course content

Students will acquire expanded knowledge of pain physiology and pain psychology with special focus on chronic pain and the transition from acute to chronic pain. The course will focus on various pain conditions in the musculoskeletal system and in particular on more complex conditions with pain and other symptoms that persist over time. Students will gain broad insight into "biopsychosocial" factors that may be associated with long-term symptoms; both biomedical conditions, psychological challenges and social / demographic factors that may affect patient progress and prognosis. Students will gain an in-depth knowledge of the use of good patient communication and interventions approaching coping strategies for long-term pain conditions. Emphasis is placed on a comprehensive understanding of pain and a multidisciplinary and multimodal approach to treatment.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, the candidate should:
• have a broad overview of physiological, psychological and social conditions that affect the maintenance of pain and fatigue conditions
• have a broad overview of physiological, psychological and social conditions affected by chronic pain and complex symptomatology
• have a thorough understanding of the principles of knowledge-based practice in chronic pain and fatigue
• have special insight into the challenges of pain medication, particularly in chronic pain states, and fatigue and possible alternatives for treating these patient groups
After completing the course, the candidate should be able to:
• discuss long-term pain and complex symptom disorders in a biopsychosocial model
• analyze the need for a broad approach and the need for multidisciplinarity in the assessment and treatment of long-term pain
• discuss the role of various professions in the interdisciplinary team on long-term pain
• analyze psychological mechanisms of pain and compound symptom disorders and know of relevant psychological interventions
• explain the importance of physical activity and movement in the rehabilitation of chronic pain
• discuss the possibilities, limitations and special challenges of drug treatment for prolonged pain
• discuss the possibilities and limitations of nerve blocks and other intervention therapy

General competence:
After completing the course, the candidate can:
• explain basic understanding of the principles of knowledge-based practice in chronic pain and fatigue

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and group work with patient cases.
Lectures will be coordinated in time with the rest of the Master's programme. The course will be effectuated under the conditions that a sufficient number of students are registered. In case of a postponed examination, new evaluation or few registered candidates, the assessment form could be subject to change.

Compulory activities:
- Group activity with oral presentation

Compulsory assignments

  • Group work with oral presentation

Further on evaluation

For re-sit exams the written home examination must be done again.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

The course is primarily intended for students admitted to the master’s programme in Clinical Health Science. Other students may be accepted after an individual evaluation.

Course materials

Relevant course materials will be announced at the start of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MDV6012 7.5 02.01.2015
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Health Science
  • Medicine, Health and Social Studies.


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100 A

Release 2021-05-19

Submission 2021-05-21

Release 09:00

Submission 15:00

Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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