January 2021
COVID-19 Pandemic
Nominations are now open for the 2021 Council Election!
We are looking for individuals who have the interests of the public at the core of their motivation and can put personal interests aside. This is an opportunity to impact how the profession serves Albertans. Is it time to give back to your profession by putting your name forward? Nominations close January 27, get yours in today.

Good Practice: Conflict of Interest and Incentive Contracts
Throughout the year, Physiotherapy Alberta receives questions from physiotherapists and members of the public related to contractual arrangements between providers, third-party payers and/or referral sources.

Research in Focus: Effect of Lung Volume Recruitment on Pulmonary Function in Progressive Childhood-Onset Neuromuscular Disease
The purpose of this study was to address the question: “Does LVR have an effect on pulmonary function test parameters in individuals with progressive childhood-onset NMDs?”

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.
Competence Theory: Case Study of Self/Peer Assessment and Clinical Audit to Improve Quality
Everyone has differing concepts of how continuing competence and quality service should be assessed and improved.

Survey: Provide Feedback on the Newsletter
Physiotherapy Alberta wants your input! Help us shape and improve our newsletter by completing this brief survey. Answers are kept completely confidential. Survey closes January 15, 2021.

Other News
Survey: Virtual Spasticity Assessment Input. You are invited to participate in a 5-8 minute online survey about your experiences and perspectives on the assessment of spasticity within your practice. The UofA is working on the development of a device to use during remote assessment of spasticity, a device that would help to identify contracture vs. spasticity remotely. Your perspectives are vital! Survey closes February 28, 2021. Click here to access the survey

The University of British Columbia is currently conducting research about the inclusion of students and clinicians with disabilities in health and human service professional programs and practice settings. For more information, click here.
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 19
Date: December 15, 2020
Advertising is a challenging topic within physiotherapy regulation, due in part to the tension between the need to promote the services offered and the need to conduct ourselves professionally. In this episode, Jody and Leanne talk about common advertising problems including the use of the title “doctor,” comparative and superlative statements, and misleading advertising. Click here to listen.
Cannabis 101
Date: January 21, 2021
Time: 8:00 a.m.

The presentation will review the current context of cannabis legislation, pharmacology, and use in Canada. Attendees will have a greater appreciation for the evidence available for cannabis for therapeutic purposes, and areas of safety that could impact physiotherapy.

Presenter: Cheryl Sadowski, B.Sc. (Pharm) Pharm. D and Allyson Jones, PT, PhD
Upcoming Webinars

The Physiotherapy Management of Long COVID-19
Date: February 18, 2021
Time: 8:00 a.m. MDT
Evidence Corner

This research article looks at the association between regular physical activity and the risk of developing dementia of Alzheimer type (DAT) in patients diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment.
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