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 Saturday April 6, 2019 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Improving your patient education interventions to benefit both patients and yourself.

Presenter: Judy King, PhD, MHSc, BHSc (PT)

During this one hour interactive presentation, Dr Judy King will provide a brief overview of definitions of key concepts used in patient education including the who, what, where, when, why, where and how framework of providing patient education to help identify both physiotherapist and patient oriented goals. Dr. King will then focus on the how of providing patient education using brief interactive activities of the three most common interventions:

  1. Written patient education
  2. Verbal patient education
  3. Technology. Evidence based references and resources will be provided to participants.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the who, what, where, when and how of patient educational interventions
  2. Identify three areas of their patient education interventions that they can improve to be better patient-oriented practitioners
  3. Formulate a plan to implement an evidence based patient education intervention with patients
Aquatic Physical Therapy: What, Why and State of the Evidence (30 min)

Presenter: Alison Bonnyman

This workshop will outline the reasons for considering Aquatic Physical Therapy (APT) as a treatment tool to optimize patient outcomes and bridge the rehab to community transition. These will include the hydrodynamic properties that are advantageous in rehabilitation and application of the evidence of the positive
impact of water immersion on individuals we see in our PT practices with a focus on the therapeutic goals. The barriers to APT will be addressed. To determine the ‘fit’ of APT in their setting, an outline of current business models of APT delivery and potential for future access will be discussed.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand the physiology of immersion and hydrodynamics in order to optimize the treatment. ACTION: Identify the conditions and goals best addressed with APT and backed up by evidence.
  2. Identify those patients most appropriate for aquatic therapy based on the evidence. ACTION: Illustrate case-based application of APT based on patient goals.
  3. Determine the ‘fit’ of aquatic therapy into their setting, practice and career. ACTION: Explore APT business models, barriers and access for therapists and patients.


Diastasis Rectus Abdominis (DRA): moving the evidence to practice based solutions (30 min)

Presenter: Julia Di Paolo

Evidence suggests 100% of pregnant women will get a DRA, but there lacks consensus as to what constitutes an optimal inter-recti distance (IRD) for function. A recent RCT failed to correlate the IRD with pelvic floor dysfunction. A shift is occurring, positioning DRA as an issue of functional loss of the integrity of the linea alba, which is integral to the thoraco-pelvic abdominal manometric system, rather than a gap between the superficial rectus abdominis mucles.

This session explores the multidimensional and multifactorial impairment, looking at current research on treatment and outcome measures and exploring new trends in the treatment of DRA through a review of case studies that just may bring up more questions than answers.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Identify current literature on assessment techniques and outcome measures for DRA
  2. Examine current literature on treatment for DRA
  3. Summarize evidence and practice based research principles through application to several case studies
The emerging role of physiotherapists within tertiary care chronic pain clinics across Ontario: challenges, opportunities, and next steps (30 min)

Presenters: Gillian Grant, Giulia Mesaroli, Kyle Vader

This presentation will review the evidence for inter-professional chronic pain management as well as narrative summaries describing the speakers’ experiences developing the physiotherapist role within tertiary care chronic pain programs in Ontario. In particular, the current landscape of these programs will be described including differences in health service delivery between paediatric and adult programs. We will also discuss challenges, opportunities, and next steps to advance the physiotherapist role amongst tertiary care chronic pain programs. With respect to role development, this will include development at the level of the program, hospital and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the current landscape of tertiary care chronic pain programs in Ontario (paediatric and adult);
  2. Understand the role of the physiotherapist within the interdisciplinary tertiary care chronic pain programs;
  3. Describe the challenges, opportunities, and next steps for physiotherapists in tertiary care chronic pain programs in Ontario.


Exploring Novel Applications in Your Role as a Physiotherapist (30 min)

Presenters: Viatcheslav Blokhin and Soroush Peyvandi

As a passionate physiotherapist, student or new graduate, you have an amazing opportunity to make an impact on the physiotherapy community by expanding your role as a physiotherapist. The founders of PT Business Corner seized the chance to create value via their educational platform to fill a gap in knowledge in the business side of physiotherapy. In our talk, you will learn about how you can leverage technology to make a positive contribution to physiotherapy through a case study of how we created the PT Business Corner platform and built a strong close network of experts. Find out how YOU can innovate today.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Reflect on the innovative journey leading to the creation of PT Business Corner
  2. Apply the knowledge from the case study to identify gaps in the physiotherapy industry and leverage technology to create an impact
  3. Obtain a step-by-step framework on how to choose and explore one of the advanced career applications to fill the identified gaps
Strategies To Negotiate An Even Better Contract

Presenter: Darryl Yardley

When you find the ‘perfect’ job and start the interview process, what questions should you be asking, and when?

Physiotherapists are valuable at every stage of their career, and an aggressively pursued health discipline. In this presentation, physiotherapists will learn strategies to earn more money without feeling guilty, keeping the patient first, and becoming highly sought after in their community. Whether you are a new graduate, a seasoned therapist, or a clinic owner, we can all use help and support when it comes to negotiating a contract or employee agreement.

We will explore the most common motivating factors reported by PTs currently:

  • Competitive Compensation – hourly versus fee-split (percentage)
  • Mentorship – formal and informal programs
  • Signing, relocation and retention bonuses
  • Performance-based bonuses
  • Education Allowance
  • Health Benefits
  • Full Caseload Support
  • Niche practice model
  • Personal branding
  • Growth Opportunities

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Apply strategies and tactics to negotiate a contract, or employee agreement.
  2. Understand your earning potential as an employee or independent contractor.
  3. Differentiate between a good and bad contract.