Online Course
Assessment and Management of Displaced Persons with Pain
Explore the impact that displacement has on an individual's pain experience

2-2.5 hours





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Trauma has the potential to impact an individual's biological, psychological and social well-being. Traumatised displaced persons often report significant levels of chronic pain. There is also a high prevalence of persistent pain in torture survivors. This course will explore the assessment and management of pain in displaced persons.


This course aims to provide an overview of the assessment and management of chronic pain in displaced persons.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Assessment of Pain in Displaced Persons
  2. Management of Pain in Displaced Persons
  3. Case Studies

Target audience

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.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

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 2-2.5 hours 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 - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and 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 2.2 Plus 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:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • summarise the multidimensional nature of pain, its implications for displaced persons, and relationship to clinical interventions
  • describe the five main domains of the Pain and Disability Drivers Model (PDDM) that may be contributing to pain and disability
  • describe pain management strategies


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
I consider the importance of this course for anyone who has sensitivity and humanism in the face of the millions of unstable and displaced patients who carry chronic physical and psychological pain every day. Furthermore, this course can enrich us with new knowledge about human PAIN, which is the very foundation of our vocation for physiotherapy.
Joseph Jean Alain FOTSO
This course is beneficial as it provides an in-depth look at pain, its causes, the challenges we face to treat it, what factors can exacerbate it for our patients in the displaced person community and what psychosocial consequences there can be. I found the information around the Pain and Disability Drivers Model beneficial, and the module builds on the information you have covered in previous modules in the course. It is a handy resource!
Carys McGinty
United Kingdom
This course has made me relate well to my experience with displaced persons who used to come to the hospital where I worked. I was able to address their physical impairments, but I was wondering why their outcomes were not changing much. This course has made me understand that we must further explore their physical assessment.
Davie Madziatera
I am most thankful to be privileged to participate in this fantastic course. Please accept my sincere gratitude to the organizers and sponsors for making this a free course for us, the young ones in the profession.
Usman Hamza