Inquiry Summaries – Fall 2017

The Inquiry Committee recently arrived at a disposition for two complaint cases. The first involves exacerbation of injury and professional misconduct; the second involves a complaint of professional misconduct.

Exacerbation of Injury / Professional Misconduct

A written complaint against a physical therapist alleges that in the course of providing treatment to the complainant’s shoulders, the therapist caused additional pain and damage to the patient’s wrists. The complainant also alleged that the physical therapist provided treatment for baldness.

Revelant bylaws considered:

Investigation & Disposition

The Inquiry Committee investigated the complaint and determined there was insufficient evidence to justify taking further action regarding allegations of improper treatment for the complainant’s shoulders and wrists. The Committee requested the physical therapist undertake not to provide treatments for baldness as any such treatment falls outside of the scope of practice of a physical therapist.

In the course of investigation, the Inquiry Committee determined that the physical therapist’s records did not comply with the CPTBC’s Practice Standard #1 on Clinical Records. The therapist was requested to 1) comply always with the practice standard, and 2) consent to a future random inspection of clinical records, reimbursing for the costs of the inspection up to a maximum of $750.00.

The file was closed.

Professional Misconduct

A written complaint against a physical therapist alleges the therapist made inappropriate comments and intentionally placed his hands in private and uncomfortable areas like her thighs, hips and chest.

Relevant bylaws considered:

Relevant clinical practice statements considered:

Practice Standard #4 – Consent to treatment
Practice Standard #6 – Sexual Misconduct

Investigation & Disposition

The Inquiry Committee investigated the complaint and was satisfied the physical therapist was not in breach of section 56 as it pertains to assessment, planning and treatment. Regarding informed consent, the Committee requested the physical therapist undertake to comply at all times with the requirements of Practice Standard #4: Consent to Treatment and Practice Standard #1: Clinical Records. The physical therapist was also requested to write a letter of apology to the complainant.

In the course of investigation, the Inquiry Committee determined that the physical therapist’s records do not comply with the College’s Practice Standard #1 on Clinical Records. The therapist is requested to 1) undertake to comply at all times with the practice standard, and 2) to a future random inspection of clinical records, reimbursing for the costs of the inspection up to a maximum of $750.00.

The file was closed.