Online Course
Assessment and Treatment Considerations in Disasters and Conflicts
Understand the guiding principles of patient evaluation and management in emergency settings

3.5-4 hours





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Rehabilitation professionals working in disaster and conflict zones face unique challenges associated with complex trauma, injury surge and resource scarcity that many have never encountered before. This course will examine assessment and treatment considerations and highlight some of the common complications seen in disaster and conflict settings.


This course aims to increase your knowledge of the guiding principles for assessment and treatment in disasters and conflicts while maintaining professional standards of care. It aims to highlight the higher risk of secondary complications in conflicts and disasters due to factors associated with disrupted healthcare systems and issues of access.


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

  1. Guiding Principles for Assessment and Treatment in Disasters and Conflicts
  2. Patient Assessment Considerations in Disasters and Conflicts
  3. Patient Treatment Considerations in Disasters and Conflicts
  4. Complications During Assessment and Treatment in Disasters and Conflicts

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, 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 3.5-4 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 3.5 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:

  • discuss the importance and application of infection prevention and control in conflicts and disasters
  • discuss the considerations for a generic early rehabilitation assessment in a disaster or conflict situation
  • identify how assessment and treatment approaches may differ in disasters and conflicts
  • describe common complications that may be seen in disaster and conflict settings


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

Featured reviews
I have not worked in a disaster/conflict setting before. This course is adequately preparing me for work in such settings!
Omolara Ukpai
It is an excellent course. I urge every health worker to participate in it!
Olakunle Olalekan AFOLABI