Critical Event Management Plans

Physiotherapists must ensure plans are in place to manage any critical or unexpected events including adverse events associated with restricted activities. When developing these plans, physiotherapists must consider safety literature and resources describing adverse events and their management strategies.

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Disclosure of Treatment Risks

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.  Our guideline outlines the principles of disclosing the risks of treatment. 

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Dry Needling Safety Resources

A suite of materials and resources for members who use dry needles in practice. These documents were developed as a result of the Health Quality Council of Alberta’s report  "Safe Practice of Dry Needling in Alberta".

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Infection Prevention and Control

When providing professional services, physiotherapists will ensure that they incorporate current, appropriate and generally accepted infection control measures consistent with written infection control guidelines, policies and procedures.

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Informed Consent

Obtaining consent is an ongoing communication process, not a onetime event. Its purpose is to provide information to enable patients to make informed decisions/choices about accepting/refusing proposed treatment. 

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Legislation Related to Practice

Physiotherapists have a responsibility to know and adhere to the rules that govern their practice including various specific practice-related legislative acts and regulations.

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Managing Challenging Situations

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.

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Privacy

Understanding privacy legislation is complex and keeping current with legislative changes and provincial and federal rulings can be challenging. Our Privacy Guide for Alberta Physiotherapists is designed to provide physiotherapists with both general and practical information on privacy legislation, policies and procedures. 

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Social Media

When using social media, it is important to consider ethical and professional obligations and is imperative to remember and maintain one’s professional integrity. 

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Supervision

While no one supervision model will apply to all contexts of physiotherapy practice, our Supervision Resource Guide for Alberta Physiotherapists provides a framework to support effective supervision in clinical practice to help ensure that Physiotherapy Alberta’s practice standards are met.

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Therapeutic Relationships

It is the role of the physiotherapist to establish and maintain ethical, safe and effective therapeutic relationships. Quality physiotherapy practice includes setting and maintaining appropriate professional boundaries in the context of patient-centered care.

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