CLINICAL ASSESSMENT TECHNIQUES

POR3CAT

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students are introduced to the theory and practice of clinical assessment techniques. Principles of normal and pathological body postures and functions are addressed. There is significant focus on clinical assessment of medical conditions such as musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders affecting the limbs and spine. Practical sessions develop clinical assessment skills used within the prosthetic and orthotic clinical setting and provide experience in the applicable assessment techniques.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKerry Fisher

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites HBS2ALU

Co-requisites HBS3NPM

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Only available to students enrolled in prosthetics and orthotics

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsJoint Motion and Function Assessment - A research based practical guidePrescribedClarkson, HM. 2005LIPPINCOTT, WILLIAMS AND WILKINS
ReadingsJoint Structure and FunctionRecommendedNorkin, C and Levangie, P 20054TH EDITION, FA DAVIS CO
ReadingsPhysical Examination of the Spine and ExtremitiesRecommendedHoppenfeld, S 1976PRENTICE HALL

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Safely and independently conduct a clinical assessment on a client, or simulated client

Activities:
a. Interpret information from external sources such as referrals b. Perform a client sensitive interview to inform your subjective assessment c. Perform a range of clinical assessment tests that elicit an understanding of the client#s functional potential d. Make valid observations and take reliable measurements for any given clinical assessment test e. Select the range of most appropriate assessment tests that will provide results to inform your objective assessment f. Plan and perform all aspects of a client assessment in a safe manner for self, client and others present
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

02. Integrate the results from a clinical assessment to develop an effective, client specific treatment plan

Activities:
a. Discuss P&O ethical and professional codes of conduct and the implications that relate to client interactions b. Collate and prioritise results from your clinical assessment in a socially responsible manner c. Determine possible P&O interventions and their likely benefits d. Determine any additional referral options and their likely benefits e. Analyse assessment results and likely treatment options and select the most appropriate client specific treatment plan
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

03. Perform an efficient assessment, analyse the findings and integrate these with pathology based assumptions to develop a contextualized treatment plan

Activities:
a. Demonstrate an ability to independently source quality reference material to inform your understanding of the physical presentation of common pathologies b. Identify areas of the body typically affected by a given pathology and describe expected physical presentations c. Conduct and justify observations and perform tests that are necessary to evaluate the extent of the affect of any given pathology
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

04. Communicate in a professional manner to perform and report on a client assessment

Activities:
a. Apply effective questioning, listening and interpersonal skills during your client interviews b. Document results from your client interaction in a medical record using the required format, media and language c. Report effectively in written or oral form on your client interactions for a variety of audiences and purposes, such as referral and client education d. Develop and present a rigorous argument that justifies your clinical assessment process, findings and/ or selected treatment plan
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)

Subject options

Select to view your study options…

Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKerry Fisher

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Practical Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 15-min practical station exam30 01, 03, 04
one 20-min clinical assessment40 01, 02, 03, 04
one case study (equivalent to 1,000 words)30 02, 03, 04