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Explanation and Planning

Online Course: Explanation and Planning

Learn evidence-based methods to provide feedback and support shared decision making in the clinical interview

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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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Patients seek help from healthcare professionals in order to find answers to their questions. They want to know what is causing their pain, how to get better and what their treatment options are. Conveying this information requires a set of skills to empower patients to make informed decisions and engage effectively in their treatment. In this eighth course in the Communication and the Medical Interview Programme, Marissa Fourie covers the Explanation and Planning stage in the Calgary-Cambridge model.


The purpose of this course is to present the explanation and planning step in the Calgary-Cambridge model which involves providing feedback to the patient and discussing treatment options to support informed and shared decision making.


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

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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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