Mental ill health accounts for almost 20% of the burden of disease in the World Health Organisation European Region and mental health problems affect one in four people at some time in life. Additionally, there is a strong association between long-term physical illnesses and mental health problems. However, traditional physiotherapy practice has focussed on biomedical and biomechanical models of practice with inadequate attention to psychosocial factors. Therefore, in recent years there has been a call to action to increase the quantity and quality of undergraduate education in psychosocial principles. In particular, the need for physiotherapists to become psychologically informed practitioners has been highlighted, especially with the increases in self-referral to physiotherapy.
- intervention research
- curriculum development