Online Course: Introduction to Telehealth
An introduction to the use of digital communication technology in physiotherapy practice
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Telehealth is rapidly expanding as a method of healthcare delivery. While it offers many benefits for patients and practitioners, there are various ethical, legal and practical issues that health professionals must consider before engaging in telehealth. This course will introduce telehealth and these related issues.
This course aims to introduce telehealth and discuss its strengths and weaknesses as a mode of healthcare delivery.
This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:
- Reading Activities
This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.
Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1 Physioplus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.
Requirements to complete this course
In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:
- Respect the Physioplus Community Culture.
- Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
- Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
- Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
- Complete a course evaluation form.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- List 5 models of telehealth
- Explain the purpose of telehealth
- Plan how to implement telehealth consultations
- Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of telehealth
Australian Physiotherapy Council
APC Accredited Continuing Professional Development
South African Society of Physiotherapy
South African Society of Physiotherapy: PPB007/PT001/2021/140 (3 Ethics CEUS Level 1)
Texas Physical Therapy Association
United States - Texas
The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #2312053TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT and PTA licensure renewal in Texas. This activity will provide 0.79 CCUs.
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Physioplus meets the CPD standards of the Health and Social Professions Council of Ireland (CORU). All activities completed on Physioplus are accepted and can contribute towards your continued professional development.
United Kingdom UK (HCPC)
Physioplus meets the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) CPD standards and all activities completed on Physioplus are accepted by the HCPC and can contribute towards your continued professional development.
United States – States not requiring accreditation
Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Washington
The state board of physical therapy either does not require course pre-approval or does not require CEUs for re-licensure. As a result Physioplus courses should fulfil requirements for professional development - please check with your state board.
I greatly appreciated the expertise provided by both Dr. Michelle Cottrell and Professor Trevor Russell in the provision of telehealth from a rehabilitation aspect.
This course provides clear information to enable novice telehealth practitioners to embark on new modes of service delivery. It gives the necessary background knowledge of the positive points, what to consider before starting and the regulations that need to be considered. It provides understanding of what technology is needed and how to prepare service users to benefit from remote services particularly now that safety for all must be at the forefront of our practises.
Enhanced my confidence in administering telehealth!
The Introduction to Telehealth course for me was an eye-opener. I have come to know and appreciate the essence of telehealth!
An important and timely course given by experienced telehealth practitioners has given me an understanding of the preparation and safeguards for initiating this in our low resourced region.
Siobhan O'Reilly Bracken
This is very useful and practical information and should improve the quality and safety of physiotherapy via telehealth, Thanks to the vast experience of our colleagues in Australia and this generous sharing of their experiences, we (the physiotherapy community in Ireland) can quickly pivot into this way of working without having to reinvent the wheel.
The course teaches you the positive aspects of Telehealth/Telemedicine. There are also some negative aspects which are brought to the learner's attention. The ethical, legal and practical issues of Telehealth are very well discussed and the online quiz is an excellent way for a good learning outcome.
Physiotherapist, United Kingdom
The course is a must for every therapist that want to achieve the most in the 21st century
I never thought of the ethical implication of telehealth until I took this course. And that insurance company may not reimburse me. This course was an eye opener