AboutFind out more about RAP-eL
RAP-eL has been developed to provide practising physiotherapists and physiotherapy students with essential disease-specific knowledge and clinical practice strategies to optimally manage people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We know from our earlier research that physiotherapists lack confidence in their disease-specific knowledge and clinical skills in best-practice management of RA 1,2. RAP-eL been developed to close those confidence-practice gaps.
RAP-eL is based around a series of e-learning modules intended to assist physiotherapists who may encounter a patient with RA in their clinical practice and students in their clinical training.
RAP-eL works, as evidenced by results from our randomised controlled trial among practising physiotherapists 3 and research among physiotherapy students 4.
Development and funding
RAP-eL has been developed by an interdisciplinary team and based on a research framework. Funding to develop this resource has been provided by the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia; Arthritis and Osteoporosis WA and the Department of Health (Government of Western Australia).
The specific topics selected for inclusion were derived from a Delphi consensus, review of clinical practice guidelines and a professional development needs survey among physiotherapists working in Western Australia.
The content covers important aspects of rheumatoid arthritis itself and of physiotherapy management principles. It provides:
- Evidence-based information
- Experiences shared by those with rheumatoid arthritis
- Assessment and management of rheumatoid arthritis
- Clinically relevant examples
RAP-eL consists of four modules and two case studies. There are many additional available resources that support the content for you to peruse at your leisure. Importantly, the modules are not intended to be a comprehensive curriculum for rheumatoid arthritis and completion of these modules does not necessarily imply clinical competence in this area.
It is best to undertake the modules in sequential order but you can navigate between them in any direction.
Embedded videos highlight particular experiences from those with rheumatoid arthritis.
Additional resources can be accessed via a bibliography at the end of each module and via the resources box on the right of the screen.
Case studies contain two clinical vignettes with accompanying quizzes to test your knowledge.
Our core contributors
Physiotherapist and Associate Professor, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Curtin University. Andrew was project lead for RAP-eL and contributed to the development of the content and evaluation of the website.
Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist and Senior Lecturer, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Curtin University. Robyn contributed to the development of the content and evaluation of the website.
Research Project Officer, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Curtin University; Development Officer, Department of Health (Government of Western Australia). Jason provided support to the team across the various stages of the content and website development.
Associate Professor, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Curtin University and Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist. Helen contributed to the development of the content and evaluation of the website.
Independent Filmmaker and Photographer. Julia contributed towards the collection and production of audiovisual content for the website.
Lecturer, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, Curtin University. Sonia contributed towards the development of the website content.
Carly is a musculoskeletal physiotherapist who has contributed to the updating and evaluation of the website content.