Professional studies

Teaching language


Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is to be familiar with
physiotherapy (PT)as a profession and a field of
science. Furthermore the students are expected
be able to use research in their studies and
bachelor thesis.

Learning outcomes

The students

  • can describe PT as a profession and as a
    discipline and are familiar with the historical
  • understand the meaning of different
    theoretical perspectives in relation to Pt
    practice and research
  • realize the importance of evidence based
  • can critically read research in PT and reflect
    on the meaning of the research in PT practice

Course contents

The development of PT as a profession and
The professional and scientific paradigm in PT
Theoretical concepts and different perspectives
in physiotherapy
Principles concerning evidence based practice in
Critical appraisal of research in PT

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Basic course in Physiotherapy (introduction

Previous course names

Development of research in physiotherapy

Additional information

The course language is Swedish. The course can be
held in English.
Obligatory seminar

Recommended or required reading

A selection of scientific reports in PT
Broberg, C & Tyni-Lenné, R . 2010.Sjukgymnastik
som vetenskap och profession.

Dedering Å & Wallin L. 2008. Från kunskap till
handling. Så använder sjukgymnaster forskning.
Fysioterapi 11/2008, 38-45.
Camilla Wikström-Grotell,Catharina Broberg, Siw
Ahonen & Katie Eriksson 2013. From Ling to the
academic era ? An analysis of the history of
ideas in PT from a Nordic perspective. European
Journal of Physiotherapy. Early Online: 1?13.

Wikström-Grotell C: Rörelse som värde, mening
känsla ? mot en humanvetenskaplig modell för
fysioterapi. Akademisk Avhandling. Åbo Akademi.
Painosalama Oy. Turku 2016.
https://www.doria.fi/bitstream/handle/10024/1273 External link

www.wcpt.org External link /
Evidens Based Practice ? an overview
Reading tips for the clinician

  1. How to tell whether an article is worth
  2. Criteria for deciding the quality of an
  3. Are study results good enough to be
    WCPT 2010. Description of Physical Therapy -
    characterises physical therapy?
    http://www.wcpt.org/node/2960 External link
    Talvitie U, Karppi S-L & Mansikkamäki T. 2006.
    Fysioterapia. Helsinki: Edita
    Anttila H.Miten luen tutkimusartikkelin ja
    sovellan sitä? Fysioterapia 2/06
    Anttila H, Kettunen J. Miten luen
    katsausartikkelin? Fysioterapia 4/07
    Näytö asteen määrittely
    http://www.kaypahoito.fi/terveysportti/ekirjat.N External link
    www.kuntoutusportti.fi External link

Study activities

  • Lectures - 12 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 6 hours
  • Small-group work - 18 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 40 hours
  • Individual studies - 41 hours
  • Internet-based studies - 10 hours
  • Seminars - 8 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 135 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 135 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Multiform education

Assessment methods

  • Demonstrations and proficiency exams
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

Project work - reflecting evidence related to a
question with relevance in physiotherapy


  • Tallqvist Susanna
  • Wikström-Grotell Camilla


Ring Joachim

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until date 2022-07-31

The timetable of the course

  1. Perioden
    Introduktion och instruktioner för examination
    Evidensbaserad fysioterapi, olika typer av
    för evidens
    Kritisk granskning av fysioterapiforskning;
    tillämpning i praktiken.
    Verktyg för kvalitetsgranskning av artiklar.

Reserverad tid för eget arbete
grupparbete obligatorisk närvaro.
Grupphandledning (överenskommes med läraren)

Seminariedag , obligatorisk närvaro.

Assessment methods

  • Date will be announced later - Demonstrations and presentations
  • Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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