The Role of Physiotherapy in Canada: Contributing to a Stronger Health Care System

The Conference Board of Canada, 74 pages, March 28, 2017
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This report—the first in a series of three that explores the role, value, and potential of physiotherapy services—aims to provide an understanding of the role of physiotherapy in the health care system and provides a review of various areas of practice.

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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.

Table of Contents

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Chapter 1–Introduction

Chapter 2–The Current State of Physiotherapy in Canada

  • A Snapshot of Physiotherapy in Canada
  • Scope of Practice
  • Funding Models
  • Physiotherapist Assistants

Chapter 3–Evolution of Physiotherapy in Canada

  • Health Promotion and Prevention
  • Healthy Aging
  • The Changing Role of Physiotherapy

Chapter 4–A Review of Physiotherapy Areas of Practice

  • Areas of Physiotherapy Practice in Canada
  • Health Promotion and Injury Prevention Initiatives in Primary Health Care
  • Rehabilitative Services for Seniors

Chapter 5–Conclusion and Next Steps

Appendix A–Bibliography

Appendix B–Methodology

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