To develop an evidence-based approach to the physiotherapy management of more complex clinical problems.
Knowledge and understanding
- critical understanding of the foundation and clinical sciences that relate to human functioning through the application to complex clinical problems (Presentation (oral) and Viva)
- formulating a hypothesis, sound clinical reasoning and evaluation where the evidence is lacking (Presentation (oral) and Viva)
Transferable / general skills:
- integrating previous learning into present and future learning environments (Presentation (oral) and Viva)
- critical appraisal of the evidence in relation to the physiotherapy management of a complex clinical problem (Presentation (oral) and Viva)
- interpretive reflection on learning and its impact on changing and developing professional practice (Presentation (oral) and Viva)
Learning will be achieved through critical appraisal of current research into the management of patients with cardio-respiratory, neurological and neuromusculoskeletal conditions. Students will utilise their critical appraisal in simulated complex case studies of patients leading to further development of clinical reasoning and decision making skills. Students will explore the foundation, applied and clinical sciences as they relate to the complex cases. A series of complex cases with a combination of problems will also be considered. Practical sessions will be included where necessary to develop new skills in assessment and interventions relevant to the complex cases.
Study time allocation
Contact hours: 50
Private study hours: 150
Total study time:
Teaching and learning methods
- Key-note lectures
- Student and tutor led tutorials and seminars
- Case based learning
- Group work
- Directed study activities
- Self-directed study
- Experiential learning
- Practical sessions/Clinical skills labs
Resources and reading list
American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine;
Disability & Rehabilitation;
Other electronic resources
Cochrane Library Database http://www.thecochranelibrary.com
PEDro: The Physiotherapy Evidence Database http://www.pedro.org.au/
Written hand-in. Two page summary of the effectiveness of physiotherapy for 1 condition within each speciality i.e. 3 in total. After submission one will be randomly selected for each student and then marked formatively. The student will be told the 2 page summary randomly selected before receiving feedback, so they can continue to develop this in preparation for the summative assessment. If the student hands in the 3 written summaries late, this will delay the decision as to which one will form the basis of their summative assessment i.e. they will have less time to prepare for the summative exam.
Presentation (oral) of a complex case from the student's clinical practise - either cardiorespiratory, neurology or NMS - with linking of research evidence to demonstrate critical understanding and clinical reasoning regarding physiotherapy management. Feedback by lecturers and peer assessment.
Ten minute presentation (oral). The student will build on the summary that was randomly selected (40% of the total module mark)
Fifteen minute viva on the presentation, during which the examiners ask questions of the student (60% of the total module mark)