Critical Thinking in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Course code PHTY3100Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

Higher level analytical and clinical reasoning skills in the assessment and management of musculoskeletal disorders. This course emphasises the critical thinking process in examination, problem analysis and treatment prescription extensively using a case based approach.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAs a result of successfully completing this course, students should be able to:
1. apply biomedical and behavioural scientific knowledge to the evaluation and management of complex musculoskeletal disorders
2. demonstrate a well developed clinical reasoning and evidence based approach to decision-making in musculoskeletal physiotherapy clinical practice
3. understand the role of diagnostic statistics in evaluation of musculoskeletal disorders
4. adapt the clinical examination for more complex disorders of the musculoskeletal system, integrating advanced physical examination procedures
5. appropriately select, modify as necessary, and correctly demonstrate advanced active and passive treatment procedures commonly used in the management of musculoskeletal dysfunction
6. apply sophisticated treatment evaluation and intervention outcome processes appropriate for musculoskeletal physiotherapy practice
Content1. Clinical reasoning skills needed for planning and interpreting the clinical examination of more complex musculoskeletal disorders, in addition to planning and implementing an individual rehabilitation program
2. Multidisciplinary approach to the management of selected complex musculoskeletal disorders
3. Exercise prescription: advanced procedures/preventive applications, indications/contraindications, adaptation and progression, including, strengthening, conditioning, periodisation
4. Biopsychosocial models for the management of persistent pain
5. Psychosocial considerations in managing patients with selected complex musculoskeletal disorders, including chronic pain and psychosocial risk factors (flags)
6. Sophisticated outcome measures, including the reliability, validity and responsiveness of functional measures
7. Modify and progress advanced musculoskeletal physiotherapy interventions in response to changes in outcome measures
8. The use of statistical processes such as clinical prediction rules and diagnostic statistics and their role within a clinical reasoning context
Replacing Course(s)PHTY3040 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy II
TransitionCurrent course (PHTY3040 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy II, 20 credit points) is a composite of the content of the two proposed new courses – PHTY3090 and PHTY3100. It would be expected that students failing PHTY3040 in 2011 will undertake both new courses in 2012 to demonstrate all required competencies.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeHUBS2503
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Problem Based Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: Formal
Case Scenario/PBL exercises
Contact HoursTutorial: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 9 weeks
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 9 weeks
Case Study: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 9 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentStudents must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) program.
Compulsory Program ComponentSuccessful completion of PHTY2020.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PHTY3100