Movement, function and pain – research and practice

This elective course will focus on a research and practice based knowledge and theories related to citizens/patients experiencing pain and/or loss of function

The aim of the course is that the student develops general skills within the complex neuro-musculoskeletal field to support a professional practice development based on methods from clinical practice and research.

The course content, curriculum and learning approach are based on the UCN model including integration of research, practice and learning skills supporting clinical competency development generally with a specific focus on movement, function and pain. A substantial part of the course will include lab skills and patient demonstrations in the UCN movement laboratory including state-of-the-art kinematic and kinetic methodology.

The theme of the course is clinical decision-making within a bio-psycho-social framework focusing on movement, function and pain. The course is based on research and evidence-informed practice and perspectives on knowledge-based practice within a systems theory framework.

Purpose and learning outcomes

After completing this course the students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of basic science of pain to the clinical examination and management of people with pain.
  • Apply knowledge of basic science of movement, function and motor control to the clinical examination and management of people with movement dysfunction and disabilities.
  • Examine and measure the biological and psychosocial factors that contribute to pain, physical dysfunction and disability using valid and reliable assessment tools.
  • Examine, analyse and treat movement and function within a system-theoretical framework.
  • Reflect critically on research-based knowledge in relation to movement, motor control and pain.
  • Develop an evidence-informed physical therapy management program in collaboration with the citizen/patient aiming to modify pain, promote tissue healing, improve function and reduce disability.
  • Implement physiotherapy management involving patient education, active approaches (e.g. functionally oriented behavioural movement re-education approaches and exercise) and passive approaches (e.g. manual therapy).
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the basic concepts within research/philosophy/theory and scientific methods in order to document, evaluate and manage patients experiencing pain and loss of function
  • Involving evidenced-informed practice strategies in clinical decision-making.
  • Demonstrate respect for other cultures way of taking care of patients and learn some cultural sensitivity.
  • Be explicit about cultural differences regarding clinical examination , communication and intervention
Learning activities

The students are expected to participate actively in the course, independently and collaboratively within groups to support learning and peer-learning. Learning activities include face-to-face dialogue based teaching and student collaboration in groups and Patient cases, patient demonstrations and clinical exercises with patients will be included.

The course will focus feed-forward and feedback in cooperation with patients, peer-students and lecturers. Additionally, students are expected to update personal knowledge when required.


The elective course will contain an assessment at the end of the course. The assessment will consist of a real-life case including a patient. The student will be rated according to a 7-point grading scale due to based on an overall assessment of the extent to which the student’s performance or proficiency meets the learning outcomes.


Compulsory literature for the physiotherapy education at the University College of Northern Denmark is expected to be read. In addition there will be some extra literature and information search included in the module.

Research literature recommended by lecturers.

Learning prerequisites

Physiotherapy students with a passed semester 6 and international students with corresponding prerequisites.

Time schedule

Winter Weeks 6 – 11
Autumn Weeks 35 - 40



Number of participants

Min.10 and max. 22. At least 5 students/applicants must be of another nationality than Danish to complete the course.


The department of Physiotherapy at UCN
Selma Lagerløfsvej 2
9220 Aalborg SØ

Application form

Application form for incoming students

Lise Eckardt Hansen
Lecture / Study Coordinator
Department of Physiotherapy
+45 72 69 09 57