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Physiotherapy: Evidence, improvement science and development in health care 7.5 credits

Fysioterapi: Evidens, förbättringskunskap och verksamhetsutveckling i hälso- och sjukvård
Second cycle, S7046H
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
Subject group (SCB)
Therapy, Rehabilitation and Dietary Treatment
Main field of study

Entry requirements


More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
After the course the student should be able to:
  • Systematically and critically review evidence based on accepted review templates for empirical studies and literature reviews and reflect on the role of the review in a wider context.
  • Develop a plan and argue for improvement work in activities relevant to physiotherapy.
  • Compare, evaluate and argue for how theories and models of implementation can be applied in activities and research relevant to physiotherapy. 

Evidence in relation to gender equality and sustainability
Methods and working methods for evidence-based practice
Theories and models for implementation
Tools for developing and improving operations and working methods in a sustainable way.
Policy documents for quality and patient safety'
Guidelines for systematic review of different types of scientific studies

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The course is given using distance learning methodology, and is web-based. The studies require computer skills and internet access, as well as a headset and a webcam. The course has its pedagogical basis in LTU’s pedagogical idea. This working method is founded on the idea that each student should be inspired to become engaged, as well as independent and active learning that challenges her/his abilities. The student shall actively seek out and solve problems through exploratory and critically reflective working methods. The course is read together with occupational therapy master’s students with subject specialisation. The teaching is conducted through literature studies, lectures, seminars, oral and written presentations and independent project work.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
Achievement of the course is evaluated continuously, and to obtain a passing grade the student must have fulfilled the objectives of the course. Achievement of the objectives is assessed in writing and orally through assignments, seminars and presentations.

The grading criteria for G (Pass) and VG (Pass with distinction) are specified in the study guide.

Peter Michaelson

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2021 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Carter, R., & Lubinsky, J. (2015). Rehabilitation research: principles and applications. Elsevier Health Sciences.
Holloway, I., & Galvin, K. (2016). Qualitative research in nursing and healthcare. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
Höglund Nielsen, B., & Granskär, M. (2017) Tillämpad kvalitativ forskning inom hälso-och sjukvård. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Willman, A., Nilsson, R., Sandström, B., & Bahtsevani, C. (2016). Evidensbaserad omvårdnad: en bro mellan forskning och klinisk verksamhet. Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Statens beredning för medicinsk och social utvärdering (SBU) (2017). Utvärdering av metoder i hälso- och sjukvården och insatser i socialtjänsten. En handbok. Stockholm: SBU

Course offered by
Department of Health, Education and Technology

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0003SeminarsU G#1.50MandatoryA21
0004PresentationsU G#1.50MandatoryA21
0005Individual written assignmentU G VG4.50MandatoryA21

Syllabus established
by 11 Feb 2021

Last revised