February 2021
COVID-19 Pandemic
Update: January 25, 2021
Late last week, Physiotherapy Alberta was advised of a recent change to the Alberta Public Health Disease Management Guidelines: Coronavirus – COVID19.

Physiotherapy Alberta Vaccine Statement
Vaccination protects the health and wellbeing of physiotherapists and other health-care workers who are vital to the health system. Public health experts indicate that vaccination is very likely to decrease the risk of a physiotherapist transmitting COVID-19 to their families and the patients they serve.

We Need Your Input!
With amendments to the Health Professions Act requiring Colleges and Associations to separate, Physiotherapy Alberta will become a single mandate organization and would like to understand how the newsletter is currently used by our regulated members so we can continue to improve our messaging. Answers are kept completely confidential. Survey closes February 17, 2021.

Good Practice: Pelvic Health Update
In the autumn of 2020, Physiotherapy Alberta circulated a draft Performance of Restricted Activities Standard of Practice to registrants and sought their feedback. This article updates registrants on the status of the draft Standard and discusses actions members can take now, in preparation for the transition to individualized authorization.

Research in Focus: High Genetic Contribution to Anterior Cruciate Ligament Rupture
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are common among athletes and military personnel and have been associated with an increased risk of developing knee osteoarthritis. This research employed a twin study approach to attempt to quantify the genetic contributions to ACL rupture.

Member Spotlight: Award for Excellence in Innovation
The 2020 Award for Excellence in Innovation recipient is Lauren Singh, a physiotherapist recognized by her teammates on the Calgary Pulmonary Rehabilitation Team for her outstanding work in answering the challenges to pulmonary rehabilitation service delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic by developing a virtual care delivery model for the program.

Self-Selected Activity: There's No Time Like the Present

You can complete your chosen activity anytime during the registration year. The Practice Improvement Record is now available in the Member Portal. You may complete the form as soon as you complete your Self-Selected Activity or anytime before you renew your practice permit. 

2021 College-Selected Activity: Under Construction

The College-Selected Activity is paused while it is being built. Members will be notified when it is ready; watch for an announcement this spring.
Continuing Competence Theory: Impact of Self and Peer Assessment on Communication and Clinical Record Keeping
This month’s article highlights a follow-up study by KNGF (the Royal Dutch Society of Physical Therapy) that took a deeper dive into exploring the impacts of self and peer assessment and feedback of clinical performance (client communication and record-keeping) in a broader group of physiotherapists.

Volunteer Opportunity

Physiotherapy Alberta currently has a volunteer opportunity on the Registration Committee. The Registration Committee reviews complex applications for registration and practice permit. The committee also works with staff to guide registration-related practices.

Maintain Your Information

Physiotherapy Alberta collects a lot of information from registrants - everything from where you work, the age of patients you treat, what education you received and what restricted activities you perform. Who cares and why do you need to share?

Other News
The CAPR (Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators) is currently modifying the Clinical Component to run in a fully virtual format in 2021 and are seeking examiners. Click here for more information.

The Department of Physical Therapy is recruiting physical therapists to participate in the Multiple Mini Interview admissions process for the next admissions cycle of the MScPT Program. The MMI will take place virtually this year (Zoom) on Saturday March 27. If you are interested in participating in either a full or half-day please let us know by completing the short survey below. The Department of Physical Therapy is committed to the promotion of diversity and inclusivity. To reflect the diversity of our stakeholders and profession, physical therapists from minoritized groups, Indigenous Peoples, persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (LGBTQ2S+) and others are encouraged to participate. The Department is also establishing an admissions advisory group to inform changes to our admissions processes to further promote diversity and inclusion in the MScPT Program. We are specifically looking to recruit members from minoritized communities, Indigenous Peoples, and persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (LGBTQ2S+) to this advisory group. If interested please indicate your interest on the same survey. Click here for more information.
College Conversations Podcast

Listen to the College Conversations Podcast wherever you get your podcasts, available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Want to get caught up? Listen from the beginning, all episodes are also available in Physiotherapy Alberta's eLearning Center!
Episode 20
Date: January 15, 2021
From time to time, conflicts and challenging situations may arise between physiotherapists and their patients, which may lead the physiotherapist to consider declining to continue to provide services to the patient. These situations exist on a continuum from the slightly challenging to the potentially dangerous. Although there are circumstances where a physiotherapist may decide to discontinue treatment, when opting to decline services the physiotherapist also has several duties to fulfill. Click here to listen.
The Physiotherapy Management of Long COVID-19
Date: February 18, 2021
Time: 8:00 a.m.

This session will cover emerging evidence regarding the experience and prevalence of chronic symptoms of COVID-19 infection, sometimes termed “long-COVID”, and the implications for physiotherapists.

  • How does long-COVID differ from the management of complications related to acute COVID-19 infection?
  • What are the common chronic symptoms of COVID-19 infection and what are their respective prevalence rates?
  • What does the emerging evidence indicate regarding physiotherapy interventions for the management of chronic COVID symptoms such as fatigue and dyspnea?
  • What can be learned from the clinical experiences of those who are working with this patient population?

Presenters: Mark Hall PT, PhD and Jessica DeMars, PT
Upcoming Webinars

Adverse Events Related to Dry Needling in Physiotherapy Practice
Date: March 18, 2021
Time: 8:00 a.m. MDT
Evidence Corner

This paper reports on the clinical changes made by chronic stroke patients treated on the Queen Square programme, factors that might predict responsiveness to therapy and the relationship between changes in impairment and activity.
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