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An online educational resource dedicated to providing evidence-based courses in communication skills for musculoskeletal clinicians, to enhance the care of patients.

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Evidence-informed education

Resources to encourage critical reflection on current practice, knowledge and traditions. Learn skills to help you interpret, communicate and integrate research evidence to help inform your clinical reasoning, decision-making and navigate the complexities of person-centred clinical practice. Develop your own individual model of clinical practice which is evidence-informed.  

Biopsychosocial framework

Operationalising the biopsychosocial (BPS) framework for the enhanced care of patients with musculoskeletal pain. Learn how to use the BPS principles to situate, frame and develop your musculoskeletal practice, using evidence to ease uncomfortable tensions, confusion and contradictions with the model  and your practice.

Enhanced patient care

Enhancing the quality of patient care is at the core of our courses. The resources are not intended to develop skills in marketing, sales or promoting your practice, treatments and interventions. We want clinicians to have the skills and confidence to have better conversations, form more therapeutic relationships and empower patients experiencing musculoskeletal pain.

Finding it hard to develop the 'softer' skills for clinical practice?

The CPD market is filled with courses on the 'hard' skills such as manual therapy techniques, exercise assessment/rehab, 'functional' anatomy/biomechanics. However, this make it challenging to develop skills such as communication, therapeutic alliance development, and active listening. Words Matters is dedicated to meeting this skills deficit across the musculoskeletal health professions. Whether you're an osteopath, physiotherapist, chiropractor and podiatrist you will find our online learning resources engaging, interactive and we hope transformational for your practice.

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Online videos, podcast, presentations and learning material 

To develop your skills, confidence and knowledge in the personal and communicative side of evidence-based clinical practice.

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The Words Matter Podcast 

Dedicated to bringing you conversations with world leading academics, researchers and clinicians on all areas of clinical interaction and communication. Ranging from communicating to patients around pain, spinal imaging, risk and evidence.  Stay tuned. 

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Dr Oliver Thomson's popular Words Matter -effective language and communication when managing back pain is now ONLINE

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