Episode 52 - Small Town Living - Being a Professional and Part of a Small Community
15 September 2023
Being a member of a small community poses some unique challenges for regulated health professionals. There is the potential for conflicts of interest and risks related to the ability to set and maintain appropriate professional boundaries with patients.
What does the College mean when it says that physiotherapists should refrain from providing services to an individual with whom they have a close personal relationship? Which relationships are considered to be a close personal relationship?
What are some recommendations if you do need to treat someone with whom you also have a personal relationship?
What about the challenges of navigating a small community and informal interactions with past or current patients occurring outside of the practice setting?
How can physiotherapists also have a life outside of work as a member of a small community?
What about making friends in town or developing a network of peer health professionals with whom to discuss challenging situations?
We address the College’s perspective on these questions and more in this episode.