Advanced Practice

Medical Screening Module

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Access: 90 days. | Cost: $360.00 NZD

Medical screening is an essential skill for all physiotherapists. In this comprehensive, fully online programme you will learn medical screening from a body systems, and regional approach. You will learn to identify risk factors, symptoms and signs associated with serious medical conditions to help you effectively screen you patients for serious pathologies and understand referral prioritisation.

This course is open to Physiotherapists and other health professionals practicing in all areas of the health care system who want to upskill in medical screening. 

Medical screening is an integral component of the skill set of all physiotherapists and other health professionals working in primary care, public health settings and advanced practice roles. This is a comprehensive, fully online program providing 8-10 hours of self-paced learning through 10 comprehensive audio-visual modules supported by downloadable handouts and videos. 

Participants will be grounded in medical screening concepts from both a regional and systems approach. Clinical utilization guidelines, practice recommendations are delivered with quick reference summary tables provided in the downloadable handouts, which may be printed for future reference. 

This program has been developed by and is being delivered in partnership with Key Clinical Skills a recognized leader in post-professional education for Allied Health Professionals in Canada with registration and additional support provided by the Ontario Physiotherapy Association. 

Some elements of this presentation may be specific to the Canadian health system and some features such as registration and recertification programmes may not be available outside Canada. 

By the end of this course you will:

  • Understand medical screening concepts at regional and body system level.
  • Understand the prevalence and risk factors for common medical conditions.
  • Be able to effectively screen for, and appropriately refer people with suspected:
    • Body system impairments
    • Inflammatory conditions
    • Cancer
    • Serious spinal conditions
    • Craniocervical conditions
    • Specific upper and lower limb conditions

 

Unit 1: Introduction

  • Screening is not an option
  • Advanced practice models
  • Medical traffic lights

By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of medical screening in general physiotherapy & advanced practice roles.
  • Describe the relative prevalence of various diseases and conditions on a local and global scale.
  • Understand the medical traffic light system for referral prioritisation of people with red flags. 

Unit 2: Health Screening

  • Visceral pain patterns
  • Health status forms
  • Body systems approach

By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Describe visceral pain referral patterns
  • List the key red flag indicators of serious medical conditions for each body system.
  • Describe symptoms and signs of medical conditions that require urgent medical referral. 

Unit 3: The Big 3

  • Hypertension
  • Arthritis
  • Depression

By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Describe the prevalence and incidence of hypertension, arthritis and depression locally and globally.
  • Describe the risk factors and comorbidities for each condition.
  • List screening tools and associated diagnostic criteria for each condition. 

Unit 4: Rheumatological Conditions 

  • Sero-positive arthritis
  • Sero-negative arthritis
  • Non-articular conditions

By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • List and describe the key clinical features & diagnostic tests for sero-negative and sero-positive rheumatological diseases
  • Discuss the implications of spondyloarthropathies and connective tissue diseases in physiotherapy practice.

Unit 5: Cancer Screening

  • Signs and symptoms
  • Pathways for metastases
  • Endogenous risk factors
  • Exogenous risk factors
  • Clinical reference sheets

By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • List the most common types of cancer
  • Describe common cancer pathways and signs and symptoms of bony metastases
  • Describe the endogenous and exogenous risk factors for different cancer types.
  • List clinical symptoms and signs of different cancer types. 

Unit 6: Cranium and Cervical Spine 

  • Headaches
  • Vascular compromise
  • Assessment of Myelopathy/ Radiculopathy
  • Visceral pain
  • Spinal tumours

By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • List the mechanical, vascular, medical and neoplastic causes of headaches.
  • Discuss differentiating clinical features and diagnostic tests for different headache causes. 
  • Discuss the accuracy of clinical tests for upper motor neuron conditions. 

Unit 7: Thoracic, Lumbar Spine & Pelvis 

  • Osteoporosis
  • Spinal tumours
  • Cauda equina and AAA
  • Metabolic bone lesions
  • Radiculopathy / Stenosis
  • Visceral / Vascular
  • Spondyloarthropathies
  • Clinical Reference Sheets

By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • List the mechanical, vascular, visceral, infective, rheumatologic and neoplastic causes of lumbopelvic & thoracic symptoms.
  • Discuss traumatic injuries and associated pathology.
  • List red flag indicators of serious pathology and discuss referral prioritisation and pathways.  

Unit 8: Upper Limb 

  • Visceral pain
  • Neurovascular compromise
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Fractures and bone lesions
  • Infection
  • Tumours

By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • List the visceral, metabolic, vascular mechanical, neurovascular, infective, rheumatologic and neoplastic causes of upper limb symptoms.
  • Discuss traumatic injuries and associated pathology.
  • Describe the clinical features of upper limb neuropathies and radiculopathy.

Unit 9: Lower Limb 

  • Visceral pain
  • Neurovascular compromise
  • Pediatric conditions
  • Compartment syndrome
  • Fractures and bone lesions
  • Infection
  • Tumours

By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • List the visceral, metabolic, vascular mechanical, neurovascular, infective , rheumatologic and neoplastic causes of lower limb symptoms.
  • Discuss traumatic injuries and associated pathology.
  • List common lower limb pediatric conditions and associated pathology and diagnostic features.
  • Describe the clinical features of lower limb neuropathies and radiculopathy.

Unit 10: Systems Screening

  • Digestive system
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Respiratory system
  • Genitourinary system
  • Endocrine system
  • Medications
  • Clinical reference sheets

By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the body systems approach to medical screening.
  • List the symptoms and signs of common disease processes affecting the digestive, respiratory, genitourinary, cardiovascular and endocrine systems. 

Study time:Approximately 8 - 10 hours

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