Position Statements

Position statements outline the opinion and recommendations of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. They are aimed at physiotherapy and rehabilitation professionals as well as policy makers.

The Role of Physiotherapy in Aboriginal Health Care

Health care priorities identified by Aboriginal communities should be matched to the appropriate health professionals and funded to ensure the delivery of effective and efficient health care. This includes physiotherapy, an important component in the care of acute illness and injury, as well as in the prevention and/or management of chronic diseases.

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Evidence-Informed Practice

The Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) recognizes that evidence-informed practice means providing the best available care to specific patient populations in a specific clinical setting. The best available care is derived from the interaction between evidence-informed knowledge, clinical experience and patient needs.

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Population Health

The Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) endorses a population health approach to address the present and future health needs of Canadians. Physiotherapists, as essential primary health providers, must consider population health needs and incorporate population health approaches into program planning and treatment interventions in order to have the greatest impact on clients’ and communities’ health status and health outcomes.

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Primary Health Care

Physiotherapists have an essential role in the delivery of responsive, accessible primary health care to Canadians and their communities.

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Physiotherapists and Orthoses

The Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) endorses a population health approach to address the present and future health needs of Canadians. Physiotherapists, as essential primary health providers, must consider population health needs and incorporate population health approaches into program planning and treatment interventions in order to have the greatest impact on clients’ and communities’ health status and health outcomes.

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Physical Activity for Children and Youth

Regular exercise and an active, healthy lifestyle are essential for Canadian children to achieve and maintain health throughout the lifespan.

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Patient Safety

Physiotherapists play an essential role in promoting a safer health care system for Canadians.

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Manipulation

Spinal and peripheral manipulation techniques are components of manual therapy and are within the scope of practice of physiotherapists.

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Interprofessional Collaboration and Practice

A physiotherapist is an integral member of inter-professional collaborative models of care.

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Conflict of Interest

A conflict of interest arises when the physiotherapist “benefits or has the appearance of benefiting personally from his or her actions."

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Clinical Education for Physiotherapy Students

Clinical education is a critical component of physiotherapy education programs.

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Acupuncture and the Use of Dry Needling Techniques in Physiotherapy

 

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Access to Physiotherapy

Improved access to physiotherapy services is a necessity for the continued health and well being of Canadians.

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Animal Rehabilitation

The provision of treatment to animals by physiotherapists is a practice that is growing nationally and internationally.

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Funding for Physiotherapy

CPA is committed to working with funders to provide all Canadians with better access to high quality rehabilitative care.

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