Differential Diagnosis Programme

Online Course: Differential Diagnosis Programme

How to effectively screen a patient for a serious pathology

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Presented by:

Laura Finucane

Consultant physiotherapist, specialist interest in red flags, Vice President of IFOMPT

12-14 hours

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When assessing patients in clinical practice, it is essential to consider the differential diagnosis. Around 1% of all musculoskeletal presentations in primary care will be due to serious pathology. Such pathologies include spinal infection, cauda equina, fracture, malignancy and spondyloarthropathies. Despite the low incidence rates, these conditions should be considered as differential diagnoses when individuals present with pain - particularly if the patient is not responding in an expected way or is starting to worsen.


This programme will improve your knowledge of the different aspects to consider when assessing a patient to make a differential diagnosis.


This programme will cover the following topics:

  1. An Introduction to Red Flags
  2. Spinal Malignancy
  3. Other courses in development...

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This programme of courses 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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