Practice Advice & Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answer to your question below or contact the Practice Advisors for free and anonymous advice.

College of Physiotherapists of Ontario Practice Advisors

College Practice Advisors (from left to right): Fiona Campbell PT, Shari Hughes PT, Kelly Schmitt PT, and Kirsten Pavelich PT
 

Anyone can contact the College for confidential practice advice. The College has a team of physiotherapists ready to answer your call or email and you can ask about anything related to physiotherapy.

Not sure what rule applies? Ask the Practice Advisor. Looking for something on the website and can't find it? Dealing with a tough ethical dilemma and need to talk it through? Call 647-484-8800 or 1-800-583-5885 (extension 241) or email advice@collegept.org.

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Practice Advice Question

Question:

I am setting up a business co-owned by myself (PT), a surgeon, and a registered massage therapist. How do I manage the conflict of interest that exists when referring patients to the massage therapist or surgeon within the co-owned practice?

Answer:

Obviously, any services recommended to the patients must be clinically indicated.

You must also:

  • Disclose to the patient, in advance, that you have a financial interest in the business
  • Make the patient aware of any other options for receiving the recommended services
  • Assure the patient that if they choose another surgeon or RMT, it will not adversely affect their physiotherapy care
  • Document the discussion in the patient’s record 

There are similar conflicts of interest obligations for the surgeon and RMT when referring patients to you. Be sure to check with the respective colleges to learn the details.