Online Course
Gunshot Injuries Assessment and Treatment Considerations
Gain foundational knowledge to help patients on their road to recovery after gunshot injuries

1-1.5 hours





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Zafer Altunbezel
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Zafer is a physiotherapist who works with war and torture survivors in humanitarian settings

Course instructor

SRSHS is a USAID-funded project aiming to improve and increase access to rehabilitation services in Ukraine and Tajikistan

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Gunshot injuries in civilian and military populations can have serious long-term health and socioeconomic consequences. Primary injuries following ballistic trauma include soft-tissue damage and loss, haemorrhage, bone fracture, nerve and vascular injuries and pain. These injuries can lead to disability, extended hospitalisations, and reduced quality of life. Identification and management of firearm-related impairments require a team approach and individual skills to prioritise interventions and enhance outcomes. This course uses the Pain and Disability Drivers Model to provide a general framework for the assessment and treatment of individuals with gunshot injuries.


This course aims to introduce rehabilitation professionals to the Pain and Disability Drivers Model as a framework for assessing and treating individuals with gunshot injuries.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts 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 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 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 - 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 1.1 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:

  • describe the use of the Pain and Disability Drivers Model in relation to gunshot injuries and its five domains
  • select an appropriate treatment or management approach for individuals with gunshot injuries using the Pain and Disability Drivers Model

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Zafer Altunbezel: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


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