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  • Physiotherapy Ethical Issues: Transparency to Patients and the Public

    Oct 16, 2014

    How much information about their health care providers should patients and other members of the public be able to see? Where’s the line between the public’s right to know and the professional’s right to privacy?

    All of the health care professions in Ontario have Public Registers on their websites. These Registers all have some information about health care providers. For example, you can find out where your doctor went to university or whether your dentist has been disciplined by the College. But should these Registers go farther?

    As a member of the public, should you be able to see exactly why your optometrist was referred to a Discipline hearing? Should you have the ability to find out whether the Ontario College of Pharmacists’ Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee ordered your pharmacist to take training courses or work under supervision? Should you be able to look up whether there are criminal charges outstanding against your mom’s favourite nurse?

    You may have read in the news recently that the Minister of Health told all the Colleges to make transparency a priority. It is Dr. Eric Hoskins’ opinion that we need to ensure that as much information as possible is shared with the public. View the Minister’s letter and the College’s reply to it.

    As it turns out, our College has been considering these important issues in partnership with the professions mentioned above for more than a year. All of these Colleges have been taking steps to make more information about our members available to the public. In September 2013, our Council approved Transparency Principles and at its last meeting, Council tentatively approved changes to the by-laws that will add information to the Find a Physiotherapist feature of the website such as criminal findings, bail conditions, the status of hearings for PTs referred to the College’s Discipline Committee and whether physiotherapists use support personnel.

    We are asking for your input about these changes, please provide your thoughts. Once Council has received your feedback, they will make a final decision about whether to publish these pieces of information on the Public Register.

    But that is only phase one. The second phase of the transparency project will consider what other types of information should be made public – in particular, criminal charges and Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee decisions. You’ll be asked for your opinion again about those things in the new year.

    If these changes are approved at all the Colleges, you’ll see more information about health care professionals which may help you choose between practitioners. On the other hand, if you are a physiotherapist, it also means that the public may soon have additional information about you.

    This is important.

    Tell your friends to check it out and have your say. In the world post WikiLeaks, are there barriers to the amount of information that should be available about health professionals? Where is the line between the public’s right to know and the professional’s right to privacy?

    I’m listening…

     

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    How much information about their health care providers should patients and other members of the public be able to see? Where’s the line between the public’s right to know and the professional’s right to privacy? All of the health care professions in Ontario have Public Registers on their websites. These Registers all have some information […]
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  • Joke: What Do You Call Uninformed Consent? Punchline: No Consent at All!

    Sep 11, 2014
    OK. I know, that was a lame joke. I hope you aren’t coming to this blog for humour. Let me tell you about something that happened to me a few years ago, before I was Registrar of the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario. I called a sports rehab clinic where I’d been before, to see […]
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  • What if Your Colleague Made a Mistake But You Got Punished?

    Jul 09, 2014
    A few years ago the British Parliament was considering how they could improve patient safety after a series of crushing hospital incidents. And here is what the members of parliament said, “Doctors could risk losing their licence if they fail to report fitness to practise concerns about their colleagues.”[1] Do you think about that for […]
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  • Why is the College such a lousy advocate for PTs?

    Jun 10, 2014
    Hi Everyone—the headline is a trick question. We aren’t advocates for physiotherapy or physiotherapists at all. We aren’t even allowed to be. The legislation that creates the College of Physiotherapists (and all the other health colleges in Ontario) gives us our power but also limits our power. It creates the College for the purpose of […]
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  • Clinic Regulation: Now What?

    May 20, 2014
    Two posts ago, I asked you whether you thought that the College ought to regulate clinics in addition to the physiotherapists who work in them. The overwhelming majority of comments favoured this idea. You told us that College regulation would mean higher quality care in the clinics and that it would make them safer places […]
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  • Advertising and Physiotherapy: Where Do You Draw the Line?

    Apr 07, 2014
    Some of you are familiar with the Advertising Standard. Among other things, it prohibits endorsements, testimonials, superlatives and anything that could be interpreted as promoting a demand for unnecessary services. I know some of you hate it. I have heard from you that it is not fair that you must compete with unregulated clinic owners […]
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  • Should the College Regulate Physiotherapy Clinics? Thanks for the Feedback!

    Apr 03, 2014
    Thank you for all your input on the issue of whether the College ought to regulate clinics. We left the blog post up for longer than usual because new comments kept coming in. The College will be exploring the potential for clinic regulation over the next few years. Watch Perspectives or the website for updates […]
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  • Should the College Regulate Physiotherapy Clinics?

    Jan 31, 2014
    I have been thinking about fraudulent billing practices a lot lately. Not such a cheerful way to begin the New Year, I know. This won’t come as much of a surprise to you if you have been following the College’s activities over the past 18 months: one of our strategic goals is to improve the […]
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  • Do You Know What Physiotherapy Is?

    Nov 26, 2013
    As some of you may know, I am a lawyer. But that doesn’t mean I am practicing law when I am acting as the College Registrar. I am not, although I believe my legal training helps me to perform well. When our Practice Advisor, Shelley Martin, is talking to you on the phone, she isn’t […]
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  • Dear Private Clinic PT

    Nov 13, 2013
    Are you providing publicly paid treatment? How are you settling in to the funding changes? Those of you who have been here before may remember that my first blog was about whether the College should take action against those people who had allegedly been billing OHIP excessively. At least that’s what I thought it was […]
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