Clinical reasoning focused on activity-related behaviour and behaviour change in a physiotherapy context
Current global health problems are largely caused by unhealthy life-style behaviours, such as physical inactivity. Our behaviours are therefore of importance for our health. To suffer from injury or illness often implies a need to change behaviours in order to improve health and manage activities in everyday life. There is a call to the physiotherapy profession to embrace a biopsychosocial perspective of health and illness and improve the application of knowledge and skills in behaviour change. To meet these demands, entry-level physiotherapy educations seek to adjust their curricula. However, the impact of such efforts on the students’ clinical reasoning competence (decision-making in assessment, analysis, and treatment) is not known. In order to assess and improve physiotherapists’ and students' clinical reasoning with a focus on clients’ behaviour change there is a need of a conceptual model that describes such reasoning and a well developed and tested assessment instrument.