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Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy 1 is a 1st year course that introduces physiotherapy students to musculoskeletal dysfunctions. The course focuses on the screening, examining, evaluating, and diagnosing extremity dysfunctions. This Physiopedia project will facilitate skill development that support the focus of the course and evidence-based practice. The skills for the project include literature searching and review, synthesis and interpretation, writing and communications skills, while focusing on the topic of clinical musculoskeletal dysfunctions and pain. The students will reinforce their course learning through the process of sharing information.
This project will focus on a knowledge and information that supports musculoskeletal dysfunction and rehabilitation either through advancing current articles or creating new articles of information. The focus includes searching and reviewing, synthesizing and communicating research evidence that reflects a deeper understanding of musculoskeletal pathology/injury mechanisms underlying clinical conditions that affects muscles, myofascia, joints and or bones. The project will include a presentation of their team’s findings and contributions to Physiopedia.
The purpose of the project is to enhance self-directed learning, team-working, clinical problem solving, professional written communication, and peer assessment. These skills highlight continuing professional development and encourage lifelong learning. This project challenges the student physiotherapist, working in study groups, to identify learning opportunities around a specific topic and to develop a plan of how to meet those needs for themselves and other professionals. The student will implement this plan, in consultation with the project leaders on the allocated topic via the delivery of a updated and or new content. In addition, each group produces an evidence based oral presentation for their colleagues in the course.
This project aims:
- To encourage both independent and team problem solving skills and learning
- To reinforces didactic learning while enhancing written communication skills
- To foster team building and team role awareness
- To enhance understanding of evaluating and rehabilitating musculoskeletal dysfunctions.
- To develop the skills and ability to critique existing literature, evidence based premises, and contribute objectively
- To value the sharing of knowledge via an open international platform for physiotherapists and other students around the world.
- To develop technical skills necessary to continue to share evidence-based information within the physiotherapy community
1/8/24 – 4/18/24
As a group you will be updating or creating an article on Physiopedia related to musculoskeletal dysfunctions. Your contributions are public and will be used to educate and inform others. The challenge is to problem solve through existing information and create an up-to-date evidence based contribution to the existing body of knowledge.
A group of three (3) students will choose a topic of interest. The responsibility is to update or construct a contribution to Physiopedia.
Please follow these instructions:
- Request an Account – To edit Physiopedia you need to have a Physiopedia account. You can request an account here (please state that you are part of the AHCE project). Once you have requested your account you will be sent an email where you will be asked to confirm your email address. Once you have done this your account request will be assessed and activated. This process may take up to 48 hours.
- Login to Physiopedia – Once your account has been activated you will be sent an email with your login details and a link to your Profile page. When you login you will see that some new tabs appear in the top right of the page that allow you to Edit, Watch and Create pages as well as look at their History and related Discussion page. Take a look through these tabs to see the new options that you have.
- Create Your Profile – Now that you are familiar with navigating Physiopedia it is time to practice some editing. To do this you should spend some time to create your user profile. To navigate to your Profile page click on your name (top link under Personal Tools) in the navigation sidebar. Click the Edit tab and you will see an editing interface appear, take a look around all the options that appear in the editing toolbar to see what they all do. Once you are familiar with this edit the bio that has automatically been entered on your page and add some more information about yourself, add a profile image and make a link. You will find the User Tutorials helpful here. Remember, this is a great place to keep an updated online profile throughout your career, your future employers may be looking so be professional!
- Find the Evidence – Search for, appraise, and synthesize research evidence on your topic.
- Develop Your Page – Develop your page in Physiopedia. You may be updating an existing article or creating a new page. This should be an evidence based article so remember to add references (please use the correct referencing system utilised by Physiopedia and the <R> function from the editing toolbar). Consider also including hyperlinks to other webpages, images and videos as these all add to the value of your page.
- Search for, analyze, and integrate the best evidence related to your given musculoskeletal topic to guide physical therapist practice.
- Evidence for treatment approaches that have been documented via clinical trials or other clinical research, if available, should be emphasized; if not the relative value of the alternative sources should be clarified.
- If and when appropriate, develop digital media (web page, images, and video) to present findings to the class, other students, and the general body of practicing physiotherapists.
- The final focus should be to create a targeted mini in-service on the assigned topic. It should be concise and targeted to your audience of fellow therapists. The web page should make sure to emphasize why these topics are relevant to physical therapy.
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