In Person services are those physiotherapy services provided by a physiotherapist in direct face-to-face contact with a person.
Patient’s Jurisdiction is the province or territory in which the patient is located.
Physiotherapist’s Jurisdiction is the province or territory in which the physiotherapist is located.
Telehealth is an umbrella term denoting all health care services, whether clinical or educational, which are delivered via telecommunications means.
Telerehabilitation is the term agreed upon by each of the regulators of physiotherapy in Canada and is used throughout this document to denote delivery of professional physiotherapy services at a distance, using telecommunications technology as the service delivery medium.6 It is a subgroup of telehealth. Telerehabilitation relates to the services delivered by a number of health disciplines including physiotherapy and features all aspects of patient care including the patient interview, physical assessment and diagnosis, treatment, maintenance activities, consultation, education, and training.7 It can include mediums such as videoconferencing, email, apps, web-based communication, and wearable technology. Personnel may or may not be present with the patient.8
Conceptually, telerehabilitation is an alternate mode of service delivery of traditional rehabilitation services and should not be thought of as a new rehabilitation service in its own right. As such, the practice of telerehabilitation does not remove or alter any existing responsibilities for the provider of the rehabilitation service and providers must adhere to existing ethical codes of conduct, scope of practice, state and federal laws and individual discipline policies guiding practice.
Telephysiotherapy and telepractice are synonyms of telerehabilitation, used by some individuals and organizations.