Online Course: An Introduction to Red Flags
Learn how to use red flags effectively when considering serious pathologies as a differential diagnosis
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When assessing patients in clinical practice, it is always essential to consider serious pathology as a differential diagnosis. Red flag screening questions were developed to help detect these pathologies, but there is limited evidence to support their use. So how should clinicians be using red flags and how do they know when to take action?
This course aims to provide you with an understanding of red flags and how they can be used effectively in clinical practice.
This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:
- Reading Activity
This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.
Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1 hour depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 0.7 Physioplus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.
Requirements to complete this course
In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:
- Respect the Physioplus Community Culture.
- Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
- Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
- Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
- Complete a course evaluation form.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- List 9 common red flags
- Justify the use of red flags in clinical practice
- Discuss the evidence behind red flags
- Select the appropriate action to take by using the red flag clinical reasoning framework on different case scenarios
Physiotherapist, United Kingdom
This course was a helpful update! It is useful for refreshing the subject and getting me to reflect on whether my practice utilise current evidence and thinking.
It was an excellent review of Red Flags in MSK. The quiz was challenging in testing understanding and managing the Red Flags in clinical practice. I enjoyed doing the review immensely!
Good presentation and the information given is clear and precise. It is a perfect refresher for red flags for anyone working with MSK patients.
This is a great, and brief course on how we can think about approaching red-flag questions. I recommend this course for anyone willing to learn to identify red-flags in their patients - a very key concept within orthopaedic physiotherapy.
I really enjoyed this course as it was a good review for me, it let me see the most up to date information, and gave me specific tools I can easily use in the clinic. If you have any doubts about your ability to notice a more serious pathology in your back patients, then take this course to increase your confidence and clinical skills.
Physiotherapist, United Kingdom
Fantastic introduction/refresher of up-to-date information on red flags and serious pathologies
Sulola Silifat Taiwo
This is an excellent course that is strongly recommended for all health care professionals.
This is a detailed course. A relevant tool for every physiotherapist!
Informative and to the point. The course is easy to follow and the material is provided through video or text. Great for all learning styles.
Very good course. A nice quick review of red flags and describes the new red flag pathway.