Applied Clinical Theory and Skills 1 furthers the theoretical knowledge, clinical reasoning and patient management approaches of osteopathy students. Students investigate the pathophysiology, clinical presentations, and management of rheumatological disorders relevant to osteopathic practice. This unit expands upon pain science theory that was introduced in the undergraduate program with a focus on the neurological mechanisms of the chronic/persistent pain patient. Students will be exposed to the pharmacological management strategies of chronic pain patients and will apply an evidence informed, biopsychosocial approach to assessment and management of these patient populations. Students will have the opportunity to apply a range of tools to assist clinical decision making to a variety of musculoskeletal complaints and debate the contribution of osteopathic practice in the broader health care system including the management of patients in team-based care and third-party payment schemes.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
The two quizzes test fundamental knowledge of rheumatology and mechanisms in chronic pain during weeks 1 and 2. Students are then assessed on their clinical reasoning of neurological and pain mechanisms in a chosen case study. In pairs, students demonstrate clinical reasoning and communication by creating an infographic summarising an evidence-based monitoring, treatment, and management plan for a given patient scenario. Finally, students explain the previous management plan in presentation using patient-appropriate language.
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):