Online Course: Communication in the Physical Examination
Effectively engage with your patient during the objective evaluation
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Good communication is important to foster the clinician-patient relationship. Patients report better outcomes when they are listened to and approached with interest and respect. It is easy to understand the principles of good communication but mastering the skill requires good practice. In this course, Marissa Fourie presents the elements of effective communication during the physical assessment. This is the seventh course in the Communication and Medical Interview Programme.
The aim of this course is to enhance your knowledge about the goals and skills needed to become a good communicator while examining your patient.
This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions 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 1-1.5 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 - 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 1 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:
- explain the need for good communication in physical examination
- describe the structure of the Calgary-Cambridge model
- discuss the essential goals and best practices for optimal patient-centred communication
- summarise 7 considerations of effective communication in physical examination
Physical Therapy Assistant, Israel
I am happy to have taken this course! I advise anyone in our field to do it to improve their communication skills. I enjoyed the relevance of this course to daily work. It was a pleasure to listen to a person who knows the field well.
Really comprehensive course and very structured and detailed without being overwhelming.