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The Person Behind the Patient

Online Course: The Person Behind the Patient

Become comfortable in adapting your communication styles to patient personality types

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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

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Every person has a unique communication style and personality. As a healthcare professional it is important to make sure your communication style matches a patient's personality. Marissa Fourie will help you to better communicate by describing the different personality types together with case examples and then guiding the health care professional to adapt their communication to best support the patient.


This course aims to improve your communication with your patients by exploring the link between personality types and communication styles in order to guide you to effectively communicate with various personality types.


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 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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