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With an increasing evidence base and shift towards a biopsychosocial and patient-centred care approach, Physiotherapy’s existing clinical reasoning models may not lead to optimal outcomes for the patient.

This Masterclass takes you through current models of reasoning within Physiotherapy, explores their efficacy and provides alternative models that are more adequately suited to working with people living with persistent pain.


4 modules


2.5 hours

About the presenter

Paul (AKA The Naked Physio) is a Clinical Advisor and Physiotherapist working for a
Nationwide Healthcare provider in New Zealand. Currently living in Auckland, Paul gained
his Physiotherapy qualification in the UK in 2008 and arrived in New Zealand in 2013. Prior
to Physiotherapy, Paul worked as a Sports Therapist in the UK for various semi-professional
football clubs and in private practice.

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The search for Truth

Runtime: 39:15
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This lecture will briefly explore the philosophical underpinnings of medical empiricism, consider the limitations from an ontological and epistemological perspective and investigate the evidence base to set the scene towards a shift in reasoning.

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Thinking, reasoning, formulating

Runtime: 36:20
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This lecture will explore common reasoning approaches drawn from medical empiricism exploring their strengths and weaknesses in chronic pain management and look further afield to formulation as a method to consider the wider functional contextual implications.

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Engaging in Dialogue

Runtime: 39:49
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This lecture will explore the literature around communication and its effect on reasoning. The lecture will consider a variety of methods including language, clinician/client behaviour and other contextual factors. Finally, it will look to consider the implications on therapeutic relationship and self-determination.

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Putting it all together

Runtime: 48:48
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This lecture will intend to consolidate the content of the previous 3 lectures into a case study (NSLBP) demonstrating a functional contextual approach to pain management.

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The Masterclasses have been of immense value for my clinical reasoning. They have challenged me to think more deeply about different topics along with practical applications which have improved my patient outcomes.

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