The course takes place in period

4 (2020-03-23 to 2020-07-31)


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 to 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 roots - understand the meaning of different theoretical perspectives in relation to Pt practice and research - realize the importance of evidence based PT - 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 science The professional and scientific paradigm in PT Theoretical concepts and different perspectives in physiotherapy Principles concerning evidence based practice in PT Critical appraisal of research in PT

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Basic course in Physiotherapy (introduction course)

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 och känsla ? mot en humanvetenskaplig modell för fysioterapi. Akademisk Avhandling. Åbo Akademi. Painosalama Oy. Turku 2016. 0 8/wikstrom_camilla.pdf?sequence=2 / Evidens Based Practice ? an overview Reading tips for the clinician 1. How to tell whether an article is worth reading 2. Criteria for deciding the quality of an article 3. Are study results good enough to be generalised? WCPT 2010. Description of Physical Therapy - What characterises physical therapy? referenslitteratur: 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 a ytaartikkeli?p artikkeli=khk00021

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 practice Assessment includes an individual part 75%, 30p and a group work 25%, 10p


  • Kokko Anne
  • Wikström-Grotell Camilla


Kokko Anne

Home page of the course

Group size

No limit (33 students enrolled)

Assignments valid until

12 months after course has ended

The timetable of the course

4. Perioden Introduktion och instruktioner för examination (projektarbete) (AK) Evidensbaserad fysioterapi, olika typer av källor för evidens (AK) Kritisk granskning av fysioterapiforskning; tillämpning i praktiken.(AK) Verktyg för kvalitetsgranskning av artiklar. Fysioterapins utveckling som profession och vetenskap. Centrala begrepp, teorier och modeller, fysioterapeutiska paradigm och perspektiv. Fysioterapidisciplinen. (CW-G) Reserverad tid för eget arbete grupparbete obligatorisk närvaro. Grupphandledning (överenskommes med läraren) Seminariedag , obligatorisk närvaro.

Course enrolment period

2020-03-09 to 2020-04-05

Assessment methods

  • 2020-05-26 - Demonstrations and presentations
  • 2020-04-06 - Reports and productions
Room reservations
Date Time Room Title Description Organizer
2020-03-11 13:15 - 15:00 F249 Kunskapsutveckling inom fysioterapi Introduktion till kursen och föreläsning Kokko Anne
2020-03-12 13:15 - 15:00 D4106 Kunskapsutveckling inom fysioterapi Föreläsning + övning Kokko Anne
2020-03-25 09:00 - 12:00 D4106 Kunskapsutveckling inom fysioterapi fysioterapins utveckling som profession och disciplin. centrala begrepp, modeller och perspektiv på fysioterapipraxis Wikström-Grotell Camilla
2020-05-25 10:15 - 16:00 A510 Kunskapsutveckling inom fysioterapi Förberedelse inför seminariet - obligatorisk närvaro Kokko Anne
2020-05-26 08:30 - 16:00 F249 Kunskapsutveckling inom fysioterapi 8.30 - 10.00 förberedelse inför presentationerna 10.15 - 16.00 Presentationer av grupparbeten Obligatorisk närvaro Kokko Anne
2020-05-28 14:00 - 16:00 T4 FUI mässa FUI mässa för Institutinen för Hälsa och välfärd och Institutionen för Vård FUI mässan sker digitalt. Mer information hittas på Itslearning i kursen Examensarbete 2020/2021 Forss Mia
Kiukas Carina

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