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QUESTION — PROVIDER AND PATIENT/CLIENT RELATIONSHIPS

How do we preserve our individual therapeutic relationships with our patients/clients in an interprofessional team environment?

RESPONSE

The therapeutic relationship is the cornerstone of the development of trust between care provider and the patient/client.  Trust, in turn, is essential in order to effect good care.

Remember that you have the same accountability whether working in a team or as an individual.

Whatever your role is, in terms of the therapeutic relationship, the patient/client will be counting on you to have a full understanding of his or her treatment plan.  Determining team roles in advance may help to determine the nature of the relationship between the patient/client and the team members. Be well informed about the team plan – which team members are directly involved in the patient's/client’s care, what treatments they are providing – and review this with patients/clients as part of your individual assessment and plan of care.

By facilitating access to a range of services that address patient needs and wishes and being actively involved in the patient’s team care, team members preserve their individual relationships.

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COLLEGE LINKS
Acupuncturists
Audiologists

Position Statement on Professional Relationships and Boundaries

Chiropodists
Chiropractors

Guideline G-001: Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Patients

Dental Hygienists
Dental Technologists
Dentists
Denturists
Dietitians

An Evidence- Based Approach for Dietitian Prescription of Multivitamin and Mineral 

Client relations

What to expect from an RD 

The jurisprudence handbook for Dietitians in Ontario 

Homeopaths
Kinesiologists
Massage Therapists
Medical Laboratory Technologists
Medical Radiation Technologists

CMRTO Standards of Practice 

Midwives
Naturopaths
Nurses

Professional Standards

Professional Standards Learning Module

Therapeutic Nurse Client Relationships

Therapeutic Nurse Client Relationships Learning Module

Occupational Therapists

COTO Standards: Professional Boundaries

Opticians
Optometrists
Pharmacists

 

Expanded Scope of Practice Orientation Manual

Model Standards of Practice for Canadian Pharmacists

 

 

Pharmacy Technicians

Model Standards of Practice for Canadian Pharmacy Technicians 

Physicians and Surgeons
Physiotherapists

E-Learning Module - Boundaries

Standard for Professional Practice - Therapeutic Relationships and Professional Boundaries

Guide to the Standard for Professional Practice - Therapeutic Relationships and Professional Boundaries

Podiatrists
Psychologists
Psychotherapists
Respiratory Therapists

CRTO Standards of Practice: Accountability and Therapeutic and Professional Relationships 

Speech-Language Pathologists

Position Statement on Professional Relationships and Boundaries

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncturists