Standards refer to the expected level of physiotherapist performance, for qualification to practice, clinical care, and professional practice that results in safe, ethical and effective physiotherapy service.
Please note, updated Standards were posted January 20, 2017.
Click here to view the 2017 Standards of Practice as a PDF
Standards of practice are one component of a continuum of documents including codes of ethics, position statements, practice guidelines, essential competencies, and entry-to-practice milestones which direct the practice of professionals to provide quality care.
The physiotherapist advertises in a manner that is truthful, accurate, verifiable, not misleading to the public, and in compliance with regulatory requirements.
The physiotherapist demonstrates proficiency in client assessment, diagnosis, and interventions to deliver quality client-centered services.
The physiotherapist integrates a client-centered approach in all aspects of physiotherapy service delivery.
The physiotherapist promotes collaborative practice with clients, health-care team members, and other stakeholders to support the delivery of integrated, quality, client-centered care.
The physiotherapist communicates clearly, effectively, professionally, and in a timely manner to support and promote quality services.
The physiotherapist practices within her/his level of competence and actively pursues continuous lifelong learning to maintain competence in existing and emerging areas of her/his practice.
The physiotherapist must identify and avoid, or manage any real, potential, or perceived conflicts of interest.
The physiotherapist obtains clients’ ongoing informed consent for the delivery of physiotherapy services.
The physiotherapist maintains documents/records that are accurate, legible and complete, written in a timely manner, and in compliance with applicable legislation and regulatory requirements.
The physiotherapist who is also registered as a member of another regulated health profession in Alberta administers each health service as a separate and distinct entity, and informs the client of their role when providing each distinct health-care service.
The physiotherapist incorporates evidence-informed practice in all aspects of physiotherapy service delivery.
The physiotherapist is responsible for ensuring that the fees charged for physiotherapy services are transparent and justifiable to enable clients to make informed choices.
The physiotherapist complies with infection prevention and control measures to support the health and safety of clients, health-care providers, her/himself, and others.
The physiotherapist practices in compliance with all the legislative and regulatory requirements of their jurisdiction.
The physiotherapist performs restricted activities that they are authorized and competent to perform, within the context of physiotherapy practice, in accordance with the Standards of Practice, and when client assessment findings support their use.
The physiotherapist respects clients’ rights to privacy and confidentiality of personal information including health, financial, and other information by practicing in compliance with applicable legislation and regulatory requirements.
The physiotherapist acts with professional integrity and maintains appropriate professional boundaries with clients, colleagues, students and others.
The physiotherapist engages in quality improvement activities to promote quality physiotherapy services.
The physiotherapist participates in risk management activities to promote quality physiotherapy services.
The physiotherapist promotes and maintains a safe environment for clients, health-care providers, her/himself, and others to support quality services.
This Standard of Practice establishes who is considered a patient for the purpose of a complaint of unprofessional conduct in relation to Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct and the performance requirements of Physiotherapy Alberta members.
The physiotherapist is responsible and accountable for the physiotherapy services provided by personnel working under her/his supervision (supervisees).
The physiotherapist uses her/his title, credentials, and other designations to clearly identify her/himself to clients, other health providers, and the public.