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Communication in the Physical Examination

Online Course: Communication in the Physical Examination

Effectively engage with your patient during the objective evaluation

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Course instructor:

Marissa Fourie

Marissa Fourie is a physiotherapist with a special interest in effective patient communication and the management of acute and chronic pain

1-1.5 hours

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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:

  1. Video
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

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.

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