About

The Physiotherapy and Refugees Education Project (PREP) addresses the mismatch between the competence of physiotherapists and the complex rehabilitation needs of a growing population of refugees and migrants in Europe.

This project is a collaboration between educational institutions, organisations and other projects.

Full partners:
Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
Bergen municipality, Center for migration health
Karolinska Institutet
HAN University of Applied Sciences
Physiopedia
Trinity College
Duke University

Associate partners:
University of Antwerp
Environmental Physiotherapy Association (EPA)
SunnĂ¥s Rehabilitation Hospital, Oslo
Tverrkulturelt kompetansesenter, Stockholm
OTEurope
The Center for Victims of Torture (CVT)

Collaboration Projects and organisations:
T.C.Nurse
InterAct
QuaranTrain
Swedish Red Cross
Humanity and Inclusion
International Committee of Red Cross (Lebanon)

Private persons contributing in our work
Philip Rynning Coker
Una Little
William Hale
(this list is increasing, sorry if its not updated 100%)

Over 1 million refugees and migrants have crossed the borders to Europe in recent years. This migration represents a major challenge for health care systems that struggle to provide healthcare services, particularly for non-communicable diseases and disability. Refugees and migrants have complex health needs that are a result of a cumulative trauma experienced in their home countries, during their dangerous journey, or in the period of adjustment in their new country. This diverse and non-homogenous group also comes with resources in terms of resilience that we need to learn from and use in the healing process. However, they also face barriers accessing healthcare services because of language and cultural differences, differences in socio-economic status, and a lack of familiarity with local environment and healthcare system. There is a gap in competence of health care professionals, including physiotherapists to meet their complex needs, many of which can be addressed by physiotherapy. There is a clear lack of definition regarding physiotherapists competencies needed to serve refugees and migrants, and a lack of common strategies to address challenges of migration which has negative implications for health.

The project is divided into four parts (intellectual outputs):

1) European consensus
The aim of the first part of the project is to come to consensus on the knowledge need for phsyiotherapists working with refugees in Europe. A consens process will be performed based on knowledge we get from a scoping review and interviews with refugees, physiotherapists and decission makers in Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands. 
Results:
Scoping review (if you can not access, take contact)
Consensus report

2) Curriculum
From the consesus, a curriculum will be made. The curriculum will be open available. 
Results:
Curriculum (this is an ongoing process, and the curriculum might also develop)

3) Production of e-course
based on the curriculum, an e-course will be made (5 ECTS). Target groups for the course are physiotherapists working in clinical practise and physitherapists taking a masters degree. The course will be made open available. 
Results:
This course in under production. More information will come. All material produced will be open available via our page, via Physiopedia and more.

4) Pilot and revision of the course
During spring 2021 a pilot of the course will be held. Evaluations of the course will be used to revise the course. 
Results: