With just under three weeks until the Physio Moves Canada team hits the road to begin the data collection phase of our project, we wanted to provide the Nova Scotia Physiotherapy Association as a valued project sponsor, with a quick project update as well as NS specific information.
After a successful open call, spread to physiotherapists across the country via both national and provincial professional associations, we received over 70 expressions of interest from practicing physiotherapists in every province as well as the Yukon Territory. It is clear that the project objective speaks to many across the country, and that there is enthusiasm for the profession and ensuring its future success. After careful review, 26 sites were selected based on their creative and innovative approaches to practice which enable meeting the needs of our changing population by:
•Harnessing new technologies to expand their reach and maximize resources to provide care to more Canadians;
•Improving access to physiotherapy services to under serviced populations or to those with limited access to funds;
•Increasing patient engagement in rehabilitation – creative approaches to maximize independence
•Utilizing cultural awareness to enable successful outcomes for Canadians with diverse values, beliefs and perceptions;
•Implementing new models of care which include physiotherapy assistants (PTA's) to maximize reach.
Consideration was also given to ensuring geographic representation as well as representation of diverse practice areas.
The project team hits the road on June 24th and over the following 7 weeks will visit 21 sites across Canada to meet with physiotherapists and occasionally with patients whose lives have been impacted by physiotherapy. A further 5 sites in southern Ontario will be visited in the fall to round out the data collection phase.
There are two primary avenues for data collection:
Interviews and Focus Groups
In Nova Scotia, we have been successful in setting up the following activities:
Site Visit Details:
June 30, 2017
Hants Health and Wellness
Focus Group Details:
June 29th, 2017 6:00-8:00pm
Halifax Community Focus Group