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Assessing and managing patients with joint pain

Education for health logoArthritis Research UK and Education for Health have worked together to create an online training course for health care professionals, Assessing and Managing Patients with Joint Pain. The module is accredited by The Open University, and aims to give nurses knowledge, skills and confidence to offer help and support to people with musculoskeletal conditions.

The module is delivered by eLearning combined with two interactive study days to support your learning with a mix of informal lectures and practical sessions delivered by expert practising clinicians.

You will learn:

  • Better support for people living with musculoskeletal conditions
  • The impact of musculoskeletal pain on other long term conditions
  • How to undertake an initial joint examination
  • Identification techniques for key abnormalities
  • To recognise when further referral or continued management is appropriate

By the end of the module you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the principles underpinning history taking for patients presenting with symptoms of musculoskeletal disease
  • Analyse current national and international guidelines relating to musculoskeletal pain and apply findings to your own area of work
  • Evaluate evidence to underpin key components of both musculoskeletal and pain assessment and apply to specific patient scenarios
  • Assess patients with musculoskeletal pain, consider differential diagnoses, and plan/implement appropriate patient care
  • Integrate knowledge of musculoskeletal conditions with that of other long term conditions to justify pharmacological/non-pharmacological management strategies
  • Appraise the tools available to support assessment of the psychosocial needs of a patient to maximise effectiveness of any behaviour change intervention

 You can try the free taster for the online learning here.

Further details of how you can enrol on the course are available on the Education for Health website.

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