2023-2024 / KINE1002-1

Clinical reasoning and bio-psychosocial models


10h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in physiotherapy and rehabilitation1 crédit 


Christophe Demoulin, Sébastien Wolfs

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

As the current recommendations advocate management based on the bio-psycho-social model, this course will address the different components of this model for the physiotherapy management of musculoskeletal problems/pain.

This course will also aim to develop the clinical reasoning necessary for the physiotherapist to offer quality care based on EBP.


Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of the course, the student :

  • will master the bio-psychosocial mode
  • will be made aware of the psychosocial factors that can influence pai
  • will be able to develop basic clinical reasoning for the management of musculoskeletal pain

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basics of anatomy, biomechanics, physiology and physiopathology

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

  • Courses ex cathedra
  • Discussions
  • Questions and answers.
  • Videos
  • Demonstrations
  • Clinical cases
  • Activities in small groups

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Recommended or required readings

Various reference books can be recommended such as :
-  "Clinical Reasoning in musculoskeletal practice" by Mark A Jones and Darren A Rivett
- "Explain Pain Supercharged" by L. Moseley and D. Butler
"Evidence based practice en rééducation: Démarche pour une pratique raisonnée" by Adrien Pallot

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions )

Additional information:

This course is subject to a written exam. The questions may cover the entire subject.

Work placement(s)


Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

See timetable at the beginning of the semester.


Prof DEMOULIN C. - ISEPK - Bât. B21
Tél : 04/366.38.95 - email : Christophe.Demoulin@uliege.be
WOLFS S. - ISEPK - Bât. B21 
email : sebastien.wolfs@uliege.be
Secretary :  Annette HANSSEN or Steve JASPAR (04/366.38.97) or Annie DEFAIFVE (04/366.38.90)
Pedagogic coordinator : sebastien.wolfs@uliege.be

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