The Patient Engagement Challenge

Patient adherence, compliance or engagement. Call it what you want. We must get better at involving the patient in their management. Countless work goes into finding better ways to solve physical ailments. But what’s the use if the patient isn’t on board? What’s the point? Patient engagement applies to those who don’t willingly apply themselves… Read More

Cultural Competence

The cultural differences between groups is vast. What might be the norm in one culture is taboo in another. Consider eating. In the west, we eat most meals with a fork, knife or spoon. To eat pasta or a curry with our hands would be considered unhygienic, unsavoury and child-like. But in places like Nepal… Read More

Motivational interviewing

Physiotherapy, physical therapy – the name itself is deceiving. It sets up a misconception. Physiotherapists help with physical problems (muscle injuries and such) using physical modalities (massage and exercise, for instance). Using a physical approach will work sometimes (with varying degrees of success). But other times, physical therapy will miss the mark completely. We, as… Read More

The Skills To Make Us Better

How can we achieve better outcomes? For the health of our patients By lowering costs for third parties like employers and insurers And, most importantly, for ourselves. That is, improved satisfaction and, hopefully, greater career longevity. What factors hold us back? Do we need to improve on the skills we have? Or, are we missing… Read More

Part Four: Rethinking Professional Development

Professional development (PD) is a critical part of our practice. It keeps our skills relevant and helps to move our profession forward (part one). But while our current PD system has its strengths, it has its weaknesses too (part two). Other professions and physiotherapy abroad approach PD in a different manner (part three). In this… Read More