Good Practice: Legalization of Cannabis
6 April 2022
Legalization of cannabis possession by adults over 18 came into effect in Canada in 2018. Since then, physiotherapists have voiced questions and concerns about their roles and responsibilities when treating patients who use cannabis. In this article we will address some important issues physiotherapists need to consider and provide answers to some of the questions that have been asked.
Good Practice: Active vs. Passive Treatments
6 April 2022
In my time as a practicing physiotherapist, and my time working here at the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta, I have had several patients tell me straight out that “physiotherapy doesn’t work.” As a proud physiotherapist, I have engaged in discussions with these people about the mountain of evidence that disagrees with their assessment. But when I listened to their stories, they have told me about physiotherapy practice that, frankly, meets the definition of bad practice.
Good Practice: Collaborative Practice
6 April 2022
Questions often arise about whether collaborative practice involves two physiotherapists providing services to the same client or collaboration between a physiotherapist and another health professional delivering care to the same client. Questions can relate to whether the two professionals can deliver care to the same client at the same time, the requirements if they choose to provide concurrent treatment, and issues of liability and apportioning of blame if the client were to experience an adverse event while receiving care from more than one health-care provider.
Good Practice: Duty to Accommodate
6 April 2022
Business owners and others may have heard the term “duty to accommodate” before, perhaps in the context of working with a WCB client or when a colleague is pregnant. The phrase is often used in relation to an employer’s responsibility to accommodate an employee who requires a job modification.
Good Practice: Patient Safety Incidents
6 April 2022
I fervently believe that physiotherapists are great, but with greatness there is a heavy burden of responsibility, as Churchill describes.
Good Practice: Conflict of Interest
6 April 2022
From time to time, the College is contacted by registrants who are concerned that they may be involved in a relationship that constitutes a conflict of interest. On other occasions, registrants call expressing concerns about business arrangements that they think may constitute a conflict of interest and wanting advice on what they should do. The first step in the conversation is to determine if there is a real conflict, or if a reasonable person would perceive that a conflict exists (even if it doesn’t).
Good Practice: Consent in Practice
6 April 2022
As Practice Advisor, I often receive questions from physiotherapists related to consent. many of which are addressed in the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta’s Consent Resource Guide for Alberta Physiotherapists. This article will cover some of the most common questions we receive.
Good Practice: Effective Communication to Improve Therapeutic Relationships
6 April 2022
Most physiotherapists, if asked, would probably say that they understand the importance of good communication and that they communicate clearly and effectively with their patients. However, research, questions from members of the public, and conversations with other College of Physiotherapists of Alberta staff members, make it apparent that we are not as good at this skill as we think we are.
Good Practice: Back to the Basics
6 April 2022
The College of Physiotherapists of Alberta hears from physiotherapists on a regular basis who have found themselves in tricky situations. The role of the Practice Advisor is to help physiotherapists to understand the expectations outlined in the Standards of Practice and avoid crossing the line and breaching the Standards.
Good Practice: Good Business
6 April 2022
To a large extent, the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta does not get involved in the business practices of physiotherapists. As a regulatory college, we focus attention on aspects of physiotherapy practice that are within our jurisdiction. However, this should not be construed to mean that we don’t care about ethical business practices.

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