Online Course
Rehabilitation of Acquired Brain Injury in Disasters and Conflicts
How to manage patients with traumatic brain injuries in challenging situations

1-1.5 hours





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In conflicts and disasters, rehabilitation professionals are likely to see different types of acquired brain injuries ranging from mild impairment to very severe impairment. An acquired / traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability within these contexts. An acquired brain injury in a disaster and conflict situation can be due to traumatic or non-traumatic causes. This course will examine the principle assessment and treatment considerations for acquired brain injury and highlight some of the common complications seen in disaster and conflict settings.


The aim of this course is to increase your knowledge of the guiding principles for assessing and treating acquired brain injury in disasters and conflicts. It also aims to highlight the higher risk of secondary complications in conflicts and disasters, due to factors associated with disrupted health systems and issues of access.


This course is made up of videos, reading activities, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Rehabilitation Considerations of Acquired Brain Injury in Disasters and Conflicts
  2. Case Study

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.


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 0.9 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:

  • list the general characteristics and sign and symptoms of acquired brain injury in disasters and conflicts
  • explain the composition of a specialised care team and the role of the rehabilitation professionals for patients with acquired brain injury in disasters and conflicts
  • compare weak and strong management recommendations for patients with an acquired brain injury in disasters and conflicts
  • choose an appropriate rehabilitation intervention for a patient with an acquired brain injury in a disaster or conflict setting