With the onset of the Covid-19 Pandemic, many health services including kinesiology are more likely to include the delivery of services to clients (the Public) through Telehealth platforms, this can include telephone calls and video conferencing for appointments. The BCAK wants to ensure the public is aware that there are both benefits and risks related to receiving services by Telehealth.
Professional (Practicing) members of the BC Association of Kinesiologists have available to them, the necessary tools and resources available to them, which will allow them to determine when Telehealth services are appropriate and can safely, effectively and confidentially be delivered. This includes guidelines related to Federal, Provincial requirements (including WorkSafe BC, PHO-emergency health orders) instituted to prevent or reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus along with guidelines to ensure care is provided in a private and confidential manner.
While Practicing members can provide in-person care, they will focus on delivering services through means which help prevent possible disease transmission to clients, themselves and others in their community to the best of their ability. Telehealth serves as a viable means when appropriate, to treat clients requiring necessary care. Telehealth services can consist of telephone service consultations or video conferencing where the client and kinesiologist meet virtually rather than in-person. These methods of service delivery are considered acceptable substitutes for in-person service delivery, provided the kinesiologist works within their scope of practice, competency, and abides by the BCAK's code of ethics, professional practice standards and infection prevention and control guidelines.
If you are a client of a Kinesiologist, or are a Third-Party Insurer, wishing to assess the viability of the Kinesiology Telehealth services being recommended/provided, ensure your Kinesiologist,
- Informs you which Telehealth platform and exercise prescription application they are utilizing to communicate and deliver Telehealth services. It is important that there is a high level of security in both the platform and application. The service delivery method must meet privacy requirements for security/confidentiality related to the province where the service is being delivered and received.
- Presents you with an Informed Consent Form which clearly defines how, why, when, where and what virtual Telehealth services are being provided, how your information is being protected and if sessions are being recorded – In addition, the Consent Form must stipulate that you have been provided the form, understand the content and agree (sign to indicate acceptance of the terms and conditions) to the delivery of those services.
- Conducts an appropriate assessment of your current health condition, determines your needs, and provides you with a recommended care plan to which you must agree, prior to implementation any Telehealth or other treatment – and be aware that not all services can be effectively delivered via Telehealth.
Professional liability insurance that covers Telehealth services for BC residents is a requirement of professional membership with the BCAK. The BCAK and its members are committed to providing safe services to British Columbians in need of kinesiology care and treatment for their continued health and well being.