The use of technology enables increased access to physical therapy services during the COVID-19 pandemic, and at all times for clients living in rural and remote areas. Remote delivery allows for access to physical therapists by those clients whose needs are well-served remotely by removing some barriers associated with in-person care (for example those with mobility, transportation, childcare or other barriers). Clients can access physical therapists with unique competencies, regardless of where the client or physical therapist is physically located.
The College’s new Telerehabilitation Guide was created to enable physical therapists engaging in technology-mediated practice, whether clients are within a single provincial jurisdiction or across jurisdictional borders, to do so safely and effectively. It focuses on how to deliver physical therapy services via telerehabilitation in adherence with CPTBC regulations, legislation and practice standards.