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The students get the chance to meet patients

Published: 22 October 2019

The students at the Bachelor Programme in Physiotherapy at Luleå University of Technology had the opportunity to examine two patients with rheumatic disease.
– It is great to meet them so early in the program, says the students Paulina Viklund and Albin Johansson.

In this way, students are given the opportunity to combine theory with practice.

– They often ask for it, says Katarina Mikaelsson, associate professor of physiotherapy.

Three patients visites the training on this day. 

– The students have been informed about the patients in advance, now they can meet and examine them, says Katarina Mikaelsson.

Birgitta Jacobsson, who is an instructor and educator for patients via the Rheumatism Association, says that rheumatists often meet physiotherapists.

At first she goes through her hands, then she takes off her shoes and shows her injured feet and explains while she lets the students feel how they feel.

Johanna Sundbaum, a doctor and a university lecturer, tells us that this model has previously been used in the medical program in Umeå, among other places, but that this is the first time here at Luleå University of Technology .

– This is going to be evaluated, we have received money from the university's educational development fund, says Katarina Mikaelsson.

The student Albin Johansson says he thinks the lesson is interesting and he has never met a rheumatologist before.

– The most interesting of Birgitta Jacobsson's introductory lecture was how she perceives care and how she experiences her everyday life, says Paulina Viklund.


Tommy Calner

Tommy Calner, Senior Lecturer

Phone: +46 (0)920 493864
Organisation: Physiotherapy, Health, Medicine and Rehabilitation, Division of Health, Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Health, Education and Technology, Department of Health Sciences