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Students will continue to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes of physiotherapy professional practice. Clinical reasoning and decision making will be learnt in the context of assessment and management of a variety of clinical conditions. Topics including exercise prescription, manual therapy, electrotherapy, soft tissue mobilising and patient education will be introduced using physiotherapy cases. Students will use evidence based outcome measures to identify short and long term treatment goals. They will review current evidence around physiotherapy interventions and build their understanding of current directions in physiotherapy research. Attention will be given to understanding core physiotherapy principles including health ethics, professional practice, physiotherapy culture, critical reflection and lifelong learning. Students will have an opportunity to apply knowledge and skills gained in this subject in a clinical setting.
Intended learning outcomes
Element1: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
- Integrate prior knowledge of physiotherapy skills to provide a framework for clinical reasoning for the assessment and management of individuals in physiotherapy practice.
- Propose, justify and demonstrate safe and effective physiotherapeutic interventions to address impairments and activity limitations in individuals by applying principles of evidence-based physiotherapy when selecting treatment techniques in clinical practice.
- Modify assessment and treatment and measurement activities to meet specific needs of individual patients, communities and patient populations.
- Identify, interpret and evaluate the various forms of outcomes measures and measurement tools available in physiotherapy practice.
Element 2: Evidence in Physiotherapy
- Interpret results of common physiotherapy screening & diagnostic tests with respect to issues of diagnostic and prognostic accuracy.
- Summarise how research evidence contributes to efficacy in common physiotherapy treatment techniques.
Element 3: Health in Context
- Discuss the ethical use of scientific knowledge in physiotherapy practice.
- Discuss how their clinical decisions affect themselves, their patients, their colleagues and society.
By the completion of this subject, students will have had the opportunity to develop the following generic skills:
- the ability to learn from patients, health professionals and the community in a broad range of settings
- an understanding of and respect for the rights of patients including patient choice, dignity and privacy
- the ability to integrate and interpret clinical findings and apply rigorous reasoning to arrive at an appropriate plan of management
- the ability to perform relevant physiotherapy procedures effectively and safely, with due regards for the patient's comfort
Last updated: 6 December 2019