Answers to Popular Questions

Check out the Practice Advice frequently asked questions and videos.

FAQs—Consent

FAQs—Controlled Acts

  • Do I need to roster for each controlled act or can I roster once for all of them?

  • Can I delegate O2 titration to a physiotherapist assistant (PTA)?

  • The PTA will need to switch the patient from the wall supply to a portable O2 tank, and stay at 2 L/min. Does this require delegation?

FAQs—Ethical Dilemmas

  • I believe my patient is suicidal. Can I break confidentiality and do something?

FAQs—Record Keeping

  • Are abbreviations acceptable for physiotherapists to use in patient records?

  • Do I need to sign my full name and title every time I make an entry?

  • How often do I need to chart?

  • How should I reference documents that are not part of the patient record?

  • If a record is converted from paper to an electronic format does the original paper copy need to be kept?

  • My patient has asked for a copy of their patient record. How much can I charge for providing a photocopy?

  • What do I need to consider when using abbreviations, care maps, exercise flow sheets, or charting by exception in patient records?

  • What information should be in the financial record?

  • What information should be included in a discharge summary or end of care note?

  • Where should patient records be kept for PTs who retire?

FAQs—Relationships & Boundaries

  • I don’t understand why PTs can’t date their patients. If we’re all consenting adults then what’s the big deal?

  • A PT student on a placement with me has been regularly having coffee with one of the patients. What should I do?

FAQs—Supervision

FAQs—Working with PTAs

Fees—Frequently Asked Questions

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