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Aging Well: Implications of an Aging Population for Canada’s Physiotherapists

The Conference Board of Canada, 46 pages, May 31, 2018
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Aging Canadians may not have access to the physiotherapy services they need. This briefing indicates that addressing the gaps in the demand for and supply of physiotherapy services is essential.

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Canada is facing growing needs for physiotherapy services associated with its aging population—services delivered by a mix of physiotherapists and physiotherapy assistants. The number of Canadians accessing physiotherapy has been on the rise, increasing from 8.4 per cent of the adult population in 2001 to 11.6 per cent in 2014. This represents an increase of 3.8 per cent per year. By way of comparison, Canada’s adult population has grown by an annual average of just 1 per cent since 2001.

Aging Well: Implications of an Aging Population for Physiotherapy in Canada reveals that there is an insufficient supply of PTs to satisfy demand for services, especially in rural and remote communities. As Canada’s population continues to age, it will be important to leverage physiotherapy services to address health promotion and healthy aging, and prevent injuries and falls among seniors.

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