KLH3303 - Health and persistent health complaints: Recognizing context and implications for physiotherapy


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2023/2024

Course content

Through this course, students will acquire extended knowledge about health and wellness in relation to context, and with relevance to physiotherapy. Development and prerequisites of health and wellness, particularly regarding body and movement, will be elucidated both at the individual and at the group level. The students will gain broad insight into multi-level mechanisms, which might trigger and/ or maintain long-term health complaints. Based on up-to-date knowledge from different disciplines, research fields and academic discussion, the students will gain increased awareness about mechanisms in physiotherapy supporting and strengthening patients' own resources, health competence and self-regulation. This requires an understanding of physiotherapy as a relational process, involving approaches and interventions developed and adapted in relation to the phase, treatment course and context of the patient/ person. The course emphasizes the importance of well-reflected knowledge-based physiotherapy practice, also in interdisciplinary collaboration. By focusing on promoting health resources at the individual and group level, the course sheds light on how physiotherapy represents a future-oriented and sustainable health service.

Learning outcome


After completing the course, the candidate should:

  • Have advanced knowledge about contextual health development, focusing on health aspect particularly relevant in physiotherapy
  • Have in-depth knowledge from across different disciplines about manifestations of life experiences in the body
  • Be able to apply new knowledge in analysis of clinical problems, especially regarding persistent health complaints contributing to impaired function, activity, and participation


After completing the course, the candidate should be able to:

  • Analyze different types of clinical cases (based on case studies) and describe clinical reasoned approaches with and awareness of physiotherapy as a relational process
  • Use knowledge from across different disciplines and research fields, in a critical and reflective approach, together with knowledge from their own professional experience, in design and description of health-promoting physiotherapy processes
  • Analyze and evaluate physiotherapy processes, also as part of interdisciplinary collaboration

General competence

After completing the course, the candidate can:

  • Apply their knowledge and skills with increased insight into contextual mechanisms of for health and physiotherapy
  • Communicate about physiotherapy, professional processes, and development, contributing to increased awareness and quality in physiotherapy practice and promote health and health literacy at the individual and group level
  • Apply knowledge, skills, and attitudes in line with the principles of evidence-based practice and professional ethical frameworks

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and group activities. The lectures will take place during the block weeks of the Master of Clinical Health Sciences. Reservations are made for a certain number of registered students for the teaching to be completed.

Compulsory assignments

  • Group work with oral presentation

Required previous knowledge

Bachelor in Physiotherapy and completed introduction course KLH3204 Introduction to Clinical Health Science

More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level



Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Health Science
  • Physiotherapy
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Neuromedicine and Movement Science


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