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Standards of Practice

Standards refer to the expected level of physiotherapist performance, for qualification to practice, clinical care, and professional practice that results in safe, ethical and effective physiotherapy service.

The physiotherapist advertises in a manner that is truthful, accurate, verifiable, not misleading to the public, and in compliance with regulatory requirements.
Client Assessment, Diagnosis, Interventions
The physiotherapist demonstrates proficiency in client assessment, diagnosis, and interventions to deliver quality client-centered services.
Client-Centered Care
The physiotherapist integrates a client-centered approach in all aspects of physiotherapy service delivery.
Collaborative Practice
The physiotherapist promotes collaborative practice with clients, health-care team members, and other stakeholders to support the delivery of integrated, quality, client-centered care.
The physiotherapist communicates clearly, effectively, professionally, and in a timely manner to support and promote quality services.
The physiotherapist practices within her/his level of competence and actively pursues continuous lifelong learning to maintain competence in existing and emerging areas of her/his practice.
Conflict of Interest
The physiotherapist must identify and avoid, or manage any real, potential, or perceived conflicts of interest.
The physiotherapist obtains clients’ ongoing informed consent for the delivery of physiotherapy services.
Documentation and Record Keeping
The physiotherapist maintains documents/records that are accurate, legible and complete, written in a timely manner, and in compliance with applicable legislation and regulatory requirements.
Dual Registration
The physiotherapist who is also registered as a member of another regulated health profession in Alberta administers each health service as a separate and distinct entity, and informs the client of their role when providing each distinct health-care service.
Evidence-Informed Practice
The physiotherapist incorporates evidence-informed practice in all aspects of physiotherapy service delivery.
Fees and Billing
The physiotherapist is responsible for ensuring that the fees charged for physiotherapy services are transparent and justifiable to enable clients to make informed choices.
Infection Control
The physiotherapist complies with infection prevention and control measures to support the health and safety of clients, health-care providers, her/himself, and others.
Legislative Responsibilities
The physiotherapist practices in compliance with all the legislative and regulatory requirements of their jurisdiction.
Performance of Restricted Activities
The physiotherapist performs restricted activities that they are authorized and competent to perform, within the context of physiotherapy practice, in accordance with the Standards of Practice, and when client assessment findings support their use.
The physiotherapist respects clients’ rights to privacy and confidentiality of personal information including health, financial, and other information by practicing in compliance with applicable legislation and regulatory requirements.
Professional Boundaries
The physiotherapist acts with professional integrity and maintains appropriate professional boundaries with clients, colleagues, students and others.
Quality Improvement
The physiotherapist engages in quality improvement activities to promote quality physiotherapy services.
Risk Management
The physiotherapist participates in risk management activities to promote quality physiotherapy services.
The physiotherapist promotes and maintains a safe environment for clients, health-care providers, her/himself, and others to support quality services.
Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct
This Standard of Practice establishes who is considered a patient for the purpose of a complaint of unprofessional conduct in relation to Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct and the performance requirements of the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta members.
The physiotherapist is responsible and accountable for the physiotherapy services provided by personnel working under her/his supervision (supervisees).
Use of Title
The physiotherapist uses her/his title, credentials, and other designations to clearly identify her/himself to clients, other health providers, and the public.
Standards of practice are one component of a continuum of documents including codes of ethics, position statements, practice guidelines, essential competencies, and entry-to-practice milestones which direct the practice of professionals to provide quality care.
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Page updated: 21/04/2022