My name is Ursula and I’m a student of master of science in physiotherapy in Switzerland who soon will joint a course in research & ethic in Bern, Switzerland. So I’m looking forward to make some first experience on writing blogs. I work part time in an ambulant praxis of a hospital mostly with patient with musculo-skeletal / rheumatoid impairments,  patients after sport injuries or who have had operations. Probably, since I worked for several years I faced a lot of ethic questions even without being aware of it that they are ‘ethic’.

Giving the example of a elderly patient with a painful strongly deformed joint (hammer toe), how honest physiotherapists are allowed to be to tell the patients the ‘truth’ on the bases of their experience that massage and regularly exercises probably will only give a small relief, especially when the patient ask only for massage ? How should we communicate this to its bests when physiotherapy has its limits of cure?

I’m looking forward to get from you some point of views.



One Reply to “Introduction”

  1. Hi Ursula

    Welcome to the course website. It’s been wonderful to see how many students in the course are blogging for the first time. I hope that this is a good experience for you 🙂

    You raise an interesting question that I think most clinicians will recognise, which is the extent to which we work with patients and have them guide our decision making, and how much of our interaction is dictated by us. In other words, when – if ever – is it OK to simply tell patients that the treatment they want us to do isn’t appropriate.

    I’ve come across similar situations when doctors refer patients for physiotherapy and we have to go back to them and tell the doctor that we will not see the patient because physiotherapy is not indicated.

    I look forward to hearing more about your experiences. Chat soon.


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