The WCPT executive board has published a report setting out the future of
The report, jointly produced by WCPT and the International Network of
Jonathon Kruger, WCPT chief executive officer, said: ‘This is a timely report that will help our member organisations and their individual members.
‘Many physical therapists are grappling with the complexity of COVID-19 and the challenges of working in a digital space. This report clearly articulates the issues physical therapists will need to consider as they shift to working virtually to provide telehealth for people in need.
‘Physical therapists can be part of a global direction that focuses on safety, efficiency, acceptability, and effectiveness – with the people who need those services at the core.’
The report sets out the factors to be considered when assessing whether
healthissue(s) that can or cannot be addressed by digital practice
- urgency of the presenting issue(s)
- risk or benefit associated with distance and cost to the service user if one must travel for an in-person visit
- service user preference
- availability of support and caregivers to assist the service user as needed
The use of modern technologies and digital practices afford the
The report recommends further work to:
- broaden the survey of countries and territories profiled
- consider specific technologies that are being or could be used by physical therapists, such as robotics, sensors, wearable devices, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence
- explore the use and application of social media.