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Critical Research and Physiotherapy Practice: A Primer

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3 November 2022

Upcoming Webinar

Date: November 3, 2022

Time: 8:00 a.m.

What is critical theory and how is critical research relevant to physiotherapy practice?

If you are unfamiliar with these terms, this presentation is for you.

Setchell et al. (2018) use the term critical in reference to “research and scholarship that draw from social theory to examine pervasive taken-for-granted practices, assumptions, and principles in any field, including health care.”

What are the underlying assumptions of “normal” in physiotherapy practice? How do these assumptions, inform physiotherapy research or physiotherapists’ daily work and interactions with patients? What should physiotherapists new to these topics consider as they go about their daily work? How can critical theory and research help physiotherapists to identify, challenge, and reflect on their underlying assumptions, ultimately improving the physiotherapy services they provide?

This session will provide an introduction to critical theory and critical research and their relevance to physiotherapy practice.


Tim Barlott, OT, PhD is an Assistant Profession in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta. He is an occupational therapist, health sociologist, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta. His research is at the interface of occupational science and the sociology of health, exploring the socio-political aspects of everyday life and pursuing transformative change.

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