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Physiotherapy Guide: Clinical information

This guide helps Physiotherapy students find useful library resources and information to assist with your studies and research

Clinical Units Year 1

Health Informatics

Health Informatics is "the interdisciplinary study of the design, development, adoption and application of IT-based innovations in healthcare services delivery, management and planning" (Procter, 2009)


Health Terminology

Manual Handling

Primary Care

"comprehensive health care for individuals and families in the community provided through an integrated network of services covering the treatment of common illness and injuries, maternal and child health problems, the care and rehabilitation of people with long- and short-term handicaps and disabilities, and health education. In the UK the delivery of primary care is via GP services, PCT medical services, and alternative provider (e.g. private health company) medical services, as well as NHS walk-in centres and other community services outside the hospital service. It works best where there is a multidisciplinary team approach to care".

(Oxford Dictionary of Nursing, 2014)


Clinical Units Year 2

Evidence Base Practice

Evidence-based practice (EBP) is a process which involves critical thinking and evaluation of information to determine the most effective and efficient treatment for your client or community. It is a three pronged approach, taking into consideration:

  • The Practitioner's Individual Expertise
  • The Client's Values and Expectations
  • The Best Evidence

(University of Michigan Library)

Reflective Practice

"Reflective practice occurs when you explore an experience you have had to identify what happened, and what your role in the experience was – including your behaviour and thinking, and related emotions. This, allows you to look at changes to your approach for similar future events. If reflective practice is performed comprehensively and honestly, it will inevitably lead to improved performances" (La Trobe University, 2015).

Secondary Care

"health care provided by hospital clinicians for a patient whose primary care was provided by the general practitioner or other health professional who first diagnosed or treated the patient. Secondary care cannot be accessed directly by patients. For example, a general practitioner who assesses a patient with an unusual skin condition may refer the patient to a dermatologist, who then becomes the source of secondary care".

(Oxford Dictionary of Nursing, 2014)

Clinical Units Year 3

Tertiary Care

"the specialized services provided by centres equipped with diagnostic and treatment facilities not available at general hospitals".

(Oxford Dictionary of Nursing, 2014)

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