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PSIO2038 Integrated Clinical Cases

Module Overview

This module integrates the four core areas of physiotherapy studied within clinical management, cardiorespiratory, neurology, musculoskeletal and special client groups.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Reflect and discuss the application and modification of physiotherapy assessment and management techniques (of all three specialisms), and apply these concepts to multi-pathological clinical case studies.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically analyse and evaluate the psychosocial, cultural and the ethical context as it relates to the patient and their management.
  • Develop critical thinking and analytical skills of trustworthy rigorous evidence based practice (EBP).
  • Justify the relevant concepts of EBP to the physiotherapy management of multi pathological case studies.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • As a self-motivated learner, you will appraise your own learning and contribute effectively to working in small study groups to further expand your knowledge.
Disciplinary Specific Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of patient involvement in planning treatment and take into consideration psychological, ethical and cultural information pertinent for the patients’ presentation.


• Integrated study of biological, physical, behavioural and clinical sciences that is applied in a critical, reflective manner to patient centred care • Application of the clinical sciences across integrated clinical cases • Appreciation of ethical, moral and legal issues • Mechanisms of pain and dysfunction in more complex clinical conditions • The use and application of a comprehensive range of physiotherapeutic treatment modalities • Health promotion and health education strategies integrated into clinical practice • Rehabilitative strategies in the more complex clinical case that maximises human potential and quality of life across a range of case from palliative care to the elite athlete • Selective use of validated assessment methods • Reflecting on prior learning in an iterative way, bringing examples of learning from previous Practice Placements

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Learning will be achieved through the study of simulated case studies that will facilitate the GDL process. Examples of such cases at this level to guide the development of the ability to apply professional knowledge and skills might include: • Greg Payne is a 28 year-old father of 2 with a 12 year history of increasing disability as a result of chronic low back pain that is now associated with compression and loss of function of the L5 and S1 nerve roots. He has been unable to work for some months and there are financial and relationship issues. • A 15 year-old girl who sustains a brachial plexus injury having been thrown from a stolen motor cycle. • A 48 year-old diabetic man in poor health with a diabetic neuropathy and associated ulceration of the lower limb that eventually results in a below knee amputation being required. • A 21 year-old girl with an incomplete lower cervical spinal cord lesion. • Zac is now 65 years old. He has an acute exacerbation of chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Mechanical ventilation is required Small tutorial groups Clinical skills labs Inquiry seminars Self directed learning

Wider reading or practice45
Completion of assessment task30
Preparation for scheduled sessions45
Total study time187.5

Resources & Reading list

Mixed.  Books: Low, J. and Reed, A. (1999) Electrotherapy Explained ,3rd ed. Oxford: Butterworth Heinemann Stokes, M. (1998) Neurological Physiotherapy. . Mosby International Limited Edwards, S. (2002) Neurological Physiotherapy: A problem solving approach . Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone Petty, N. Moore, A. (2013) Neuromusculoskeletal Examination and Assessment. A Handbook for Therapists ,4th ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone Phillips, D. (1998) Neuromusculoskeletal Handbook . University of Southampton Pryor, J.A. and Prasad, S.A. (2002) Physiotherapy for Respiratory and Cardiac Problems ,3rd ed. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone Hough, A. (2001) Physiotherapy in Respiratory Care: An evidence based approach to respiratory and cardiac management ,3rd ed. Cheltenham, Glos: Nelson Thornes The following internet resources may be useful: Anatomy TV: Interactive anatomy [online subscription resource ( Assessed ) E learning The module is supported by an e learning software platform - Blackboard 6. ( Assessed ) You may also need: Additional Reading A wide range of articles to support this module can be found in relevant journals. These will be identified by the module team in association with the different areas of practice i.e. musculoskeletal, neurological and cardio-respiratory management.



Online tasks


MethodPercentage contribution
Case study report  (2000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Case study report  (2000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:


There are no additional costs associated with this module.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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