Guides and Guidelines to help you meet Practice Standards
Physiotherapists are required by the Standards of Practice for Physiotherapists in Alberta and by Canadian law to obtain informed consent prior to conducting an assessment or providing treatment. The purpose of this Guide is to clarify the expectations for Alberta physiotherapists and to discuss frequently asked questions related to consent. Physiotherapists are advised to review the Consent Standard of Practice in conjunction with this document.
Disclosure of Treatment Risks Guideline
In order to promote patient self-determination and as part of informed consent, a physiotherapist must adequately disclose not only the benefits but also the risks of treatment to patients. This guideline outlines the principles of disclosing the risks of treatment.
Infection Prevention and Control Guide
Effective infection prevention and control is essential for the delivery of quality, safe physiotherapy services. Physiotherapists must be knowledgeable about the principles underlying infection control and implement appropriate measures in their practice. This resource provides practical information to assist physiotherapists in their efforts.
Managing Challenging Situations Guide
Over the course of a career, physiotherapists will inevitably encounter several challenging situations. This is part of working with people to provide care and interacting with individuals whose values and priorities may differ from your own. This guide is intended to provide assistance and serve as a road map through these challenging situations.
Protecting Patients from Sexual Abuse or Misconduct Guide
The Government of Alberta brought forward amendments to the Health Professions Act in 2018 to address public concerns regarding sexual misconduct and sexual abuse of patients by health professionals. The legislation provides clear definitions of behaviours that constitute sexual misconduct or sexual abuse.
Social Media Guide
This document was created to provide guidance for professional social media use by physiotherapists. This guide will review the risks of an active social media presence and will provide information about how to adhere to the Standards of Practice, Code of Ethical Conduct, and professional responsibilities while engaging online.
The remote delivery of physiotherapy interventions mediated by communication technologies is an area of practice that is rapidly expanding. When providers engage in the provision of telerehabilitation services, they are expected to be aware of and comply with all regulatory expectations and legislation that applies to their practice and to deliver physiotherapy services that meet the same expectations for quality, competent care as services delivered in person. This resource was created to enable physiotherapists engaging in technology-mediated practice, whether within a single provincial jurisdiction or across jurisdictional borders, to do so safely and effectively.
Therapeutic Relationships Guide
Effective therapeutic relationships lead to increased patient satisfaction, better patient adherence to treatment plans, and improved patient outcomes. A physiotherapist’s awareness of how to establish and maintain health therapeutic relationships is essential to clinical practice.