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Department for Health, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

HL50177: Common musculoskeletal conditions in primary care

Click here for further information Credits: 12
Click here for further information Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Click here for further information Period: Modular (no specific semester)
Click here for further information Assessment: CW100
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Click here for further information Requisites:
Click here for further information Description: Aims:
To introduce musculoskeletal problems seen commonly in general practice consultations, and to provide participants with evidence-based knowledge and skills to conduct appropriate history taking, examination and assessment leading to competent differential diagnoses and management of the conditions.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of this unit students will be able to:
1. Take a competent history of a patient (taught and facilitated)
2. Undertake a focused clinical examination of the musculoskeletal system (taught, facilitated and assessed)
3. Apply history and physical examination skills to reach a differential diagnosis on common presenting problems in general practice (taught, facilitated and assessed)
4. Integrate and critically evaluate evidence presented in appropriate literature in reaching a differential diagnosis (taught, facilitated and assessed)
5. Demonstrate a critical understanding of how to diagnose and manage key and common conditions including appropriate use of investigations (taught, facilitated and assessed)
6. Critically evaluate the use of drug and non-drug interventions and use them safely and competently including shared care monitoring of disease modifying drugs (taught, facilitated and assessed).

On completion of this unit students will be able to:
* undertake a competent clinical examination of the musculoskeletal system;
* present clinical assessments effectively to colleagues orally and through written communication;
* communicate effectively with colleagues, peers and tutors;
* identify, collect and reflect upon evidence to demonstrate professional practice in primary care.
(taught, facilitated and assessed).

History, examination and assessment
* History-taking in MSK
* Examination
- Upper limb
- Lower limb
- Spine and neurology
Identification and appropriate urgent management of red flag signs and conditions
Regional Problems
* Upper limb
- Shoulder
- Elbow
- Wrist and hand
* Lower limb
- Knee
- Ankle and foot
* Spine
- Neck problems
- Back problems
* Common conditions
* OA
* RA
* Osteoporosis
Management options
* Drug therapy
- Analgesia and NSAIDs
- DMARD shared care
* Non-drug management of common conditions.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

HL50177 is Optional on the following programmes:

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