Good Practice: Psychological Hazards in the Workplace
25 April 2022
The term psychological hazard may be unfamiliar, but the synonyms abuse and bullying are all too familiar these days. It may surprise you to realize that bullying isn’t limited to the school yard and that a significant number of adults encounter bullying in the workplace. Importantly, bullying and co-worker abuse in healthcare settings can have a serious impact on patient safety as well as staff well-being.
Good Practice: Quality and a Change for the Better
25 April 2022
Quality is often on our minds at the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta, leading to questions about how this organization can facilitate high-quality physiotherapy services across the province. Clinicians also face quality questions daily: How do you know you are doing a good job? How does your practice of physiotherapy compare with that of your peers? How can you do a better job today than you did yesterday?
Good Practice: Using our Standards of Practice to Ensure Quality Patient Care
25 April 2022
Quality practice is a main driver and objective of physiotherapy care. As students we learn many ways to assess, diagnose and treat patients and we are encouraged to improve those skills as we progress through our training. Upon graduation physiotherapists continue their life-long learning due to the desire to improve their craft and the quality of their services, but also because it is a registration requirement to engage in activities to support their continuing competence.
Good Practice: Know your Responsibilities to the Profession
25 April 2022
Working as practice advisor, I receive questions everyday from physiotherapists. Some are fairly run of the mill and others require detailed research and careful contemplation. Recently, I received this question, related to care that was not optimal or contraindicated: “What is my responsibility in providing feedback to other physiotherapists with whom I do not have any direct contact, regarding how they have treated patients who are now under my care?”
Good Practice: Sensitive Practice as a Universal Precaution
25 April 2022
As physiotherapists, we are familiar with the term therapeutic relationships and have a basic understanding of what that means in the realm of providing patient care: the need to separate personal from professional relationships and the need to identify and manage professional boundaries. The topic of “sensitive practice” may require more investigation.
Good Practice: When a Patient Expresses Suicidal Ideation
25 April 2022
From time-to-time, the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta receives calls from clinicians who are caring for a patient who has disclosed that they are considering suicide. This is a delicate situation that can leave many physiotherapists wondering what to do. I can honestly say that I would not have been prepared to address this type of situation when I was in clinical practice.
Good Practice: Working Responsibly with Support Workers
25 April 2022
The College of Physiotherapists of Alberta’s primary responsibility is protection of the public’s interest related to the care they receive from physiotherapists. The Supervision Guide and Supervision Standard address a key aspect of physiotherapy practice, the appropriate supervision and integration of physiotherapist support workers into the physiotherapy practice environment.
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Good Practice: Challenging Situations
22 April 2022
Over the course of their careers, physiotherapists will inevitably encounter several challenging situations. While it would be nice to believe that challenging situations will only occur to someone else, and not within one’s own practice, it is unlikely to be the case.
Good Practice: Fees and Billing FAQs
22 April 2022
The College of Physiotherapists of Alberta often receives questions about fees and billing from patients, third-party payers, physiotherapists and physiotherapy business owners. This article will address some of the frequently asked questions, with the aim of providing physiotherapists and others with guidance when establishing their fees and billing practices.
Good Practice: Are you Selling Snake Oil?
22 April 2022
Every now and then the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta offices are host to some hot debates - the kind that only happen when you gather a group of opinionated and passionate people. Recently, one of these debates erupted on the subject of accountability, and more particularly, what an individual practitioner’s responsibilities are when they are selling their treatments.

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