Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy Process for Disorders of the Musculoskeletal System

Integrated course, 4.00 ECTS

 

Course content

The students
• learn to perform the occupational therapy process (diagnosis, goal definition, planning and intervention) based on selected disorders of the musculoskeletal system considering occupation-relevant components in different therapy settings.
• learn to identify and analyse the main problems and resources of clients in terms of their action competence in daily life in the areas of self-care, productivity and leisure considering physical, institutional, cultural and social factors, draw conclusions and formulate occupation-oriented goals together with the client.
• are made familiar with the relevant diagnostic instruments and methods and can use, evaluate and interpret them in principle.
• are made familiar with the measures and methods relevant for the disorder, understand how they work and can relate them to the client’s occupations in daily life and apply them adequately in the occupational therapy process.
• learn to analyse functional games, daily activities and craft activities for their suitability for treating disorders of the musculoskeletal system and critically reflect on their use as part of the clinical reasoning process.

Method: The students learn to apply the relevant methods of diagnosis, assessment, goal definition and treatment based on real-world client examples. The entire process is analysed from both the medical and the occupational therapy perspective for each client example. Special emphasis is placed on providing relevant information, self-controlled learning processes and practical application. The subject is taught in connection with Clinical Orthopaedics.

Learning outcomes

The students have knowledge of disorders of body structures and functions concerning the musculoskeletal system and their effects at the structural, functional, activity and participation level. The students are able to combine the medical basics with occupational therapy models and theories. They learn to carry out the occupational therapy process in orthopaedics (including traumatology, surgery and rheumatology), with a special focus on occupation-oriented, client-centred, context-related and evidence-based treatment approach including relevant preparatory measures. Special emphasis is placed on clinical reasoning processes and the relevant environment.
Cognitive level:
The students
• understand the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, therapy and rehabilitation of selected disorders of the musculoskeletal system and can derive restrictions in their clients‘ action competence in daily life in terms of self-care, productivity and leisure
• are familiar with the established diagnostic methods and their applications in the occupational therapy process.
• can identify the physical, cognitive and affective components of action competence as well as external factors of the performance context.
• know about treatment approaches in occupational therapy and can link them to the daily lives and environments of their clients.
• can substantiate the treatment process with evidence-based arguments.
• are made familiar with processes of clinical reasoning in occupational therapy and are able to reflect on them and apply them to case examples.
• can link and translate their knowledge of the occupational therapy process to the requirements in orthopaedics.
Psychomotor level:
The students
• can apply occupational therapy process models to practical case examples.
• can perform the occupational therapy process for selected disorders of the musculoskeletal system, including the steps of problem identification, planning, implementation as well as quality assurance, evaluation, documentation and reflection.
• practise observation, analysis and instruction of clients with disorders of the musculoskeletal system.
• apply evidence based practice to selected orthopaedic problems.
• can conduct professional information and consultation interviews and establish a trustful relationship with clients.
• can select the appropriate aids, joint protection devices and adaptations for the clients/case examples and instruct them on proper use.
• develop training and learning strategies for professional practical skills
Affective level:
The students
• can apply occupational therapy process models to practical case examples.
• can perform the occupational therapy process for selected disorders of the musculoskeletal system, including the steps of problem identification, planning, implementation as well as quality assurance, evaluation, documentation and reflection.
• practise observation, analysis and instruction of clients with disorders of the musculoskeletal system.
• apply evidence based practice to selected orthopaedic problems.
• can hold professional information and consultation interviews and establish a trustful relationship with clients.
• can select the appropriate aids, joint protection devices and adaptations for the clients/case examples and instruct them on proper use.
• develop training and learning strategies for professional practical skills.

Contribution to the acquisition of competences according to FH-MTD-AV Annex 5, 8 and 9: FMK 1-11, FMK 14, SKS 3-5

Recommended or required reading and other learning resources / tools


Books, journals and relevant primary literature will be announced by the lecturers at the start of the course or are included in the relevant syllabus.

Mode of delivery

Integrated course

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Modules 1-11

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral or written module exam: