Optimizing the roles of health care professionals can help to meet growing health care demands and improve the sustainability of the health care system. Physiotherapy is a key part of all sectors of health care. In all provinces and territories, physiotherapists (PTs) have the authority to assess physical function and musculoskeletal, neurological, and cardiorespiratory systems and provide therapeutic exercise programs. As the burden of chronic disease rises in Canada, PTs have an important role to play in promoting active lifestyles and rehabilitation.
This report is the first in a series of three that explores the role, value, and potential of physiotherapy services. This primer report aims to provide an understanding of the role of physiotherapy in the health care system and provides a review of various areas of practice.