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Rehabilitation of Fractures in Disasters and Conflicts
Learn about the assessment and treatment considerations for fractures in emergency settings

1.5-2 hours





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Fracture rehabilitation in conflicts and disasters is frequently complicated as patients often present with complex poly-trauma. Complications can even occur alongside simple fractures. This course will examine the assessment and treatment considerations for fractures and highlight some of the common complications seen in disaster and conflict settings.


This course aims to increase your knowledge of the guiding principles of assessing and treating fractures in disasters and conflicts while maintaining professional standards of care. It also explores 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, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Considerations for Early Rehabilitation of Fractures 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 1.5-2 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 1.4 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 fracture pathology, fracture classification, common complications and implications for early rehabilitation
  • identify early rehabilitation goals for patients with fractures in disaster and conflict situations
  • discuss education and advice regarding recovery and secondary complications of fractures
Featured reviews
It is a fantastic course! It was very helpful to go through the basics of fractures and then build the knowledge specific to disaster or conflict settings.
Carla Erasmus
South Africa
It was my best experience! I learned a lot from this course and would recommend it to others!
Aron anthony
Occupational Therapist
This course is very informative and tasks clinical reasoning for effective clinical practice and treatment outcomes. Thank you!
I love this course! Lots of helpful information and various links. Clear presentation of information, well structured. I was satisfied with the course, and I recommend it to everyone!
Viktoriia Strysik
This course provides clear and easy tips for fracture management in conflicts/disasters!
Nikshita D'souza
Thanks for this course! I have learned a lot of new information, and I can now provide quality rehabilitation services!
Viktoria Yakubovska
This course helped me remember my time when I worked in a disaster setting. I could relive what I did as a Physio. I remember the challenges we faced and how we used to manage them and look after the beneficiaries!