Development of Intercultural Communication Skills in Physiotherapy Practice through an E-learning Course on Movement Analysis and Therapy

Our rationale, mission and vision

The role of a physiotherapist is the patient’s functional diagnostics, planning and conducting physical therapy, kinesiotherapy and massage, teaching the patient how to conduct autotherapy in order to improve or maintain physical fitness and optimize the quality of life. Physiotherapists work with patients ranging from newborns to the elderly and with all types of diseases, also with sportsmen and healthy people, in whom they conduct physioprophylaxis and promote a healthy lifestyle. The therapeutic success is due not only to the physiotherapist’s best knowledge in the field of anatomy, physiology and modern physiotherapeutic methods, but also to his ability to communicate with the patient to motivate and educate them. In order to be effective in their role, physical therapists must follow the principle of lifelong learning.

Our project aims to create a free, accessible opportunity for the self-development of physiotherapists, students of physiotherapy and other people who deal with people with musculoskeletal disorders. The project may also be helpful for academic teachers working with physiotherapy students, as exemplary scenarios for practical classes. The main objective of the project is the preparation of a 15-hour online open access course combining teaching specific techniques and methods for the treatment of musculoskeletal dysfunctions with learning to communicate with the patient. Due to the increasing migration and differentiation of societies, we want to increase the competences of physiotherapists not only as specialists in manual therapy, but as people responsible for emotional, psychological and social wellbeing of the patient.