As we all live through the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to provide clear information about the delivery of kinesiology services to the Public directly and through Third Party Insurers, regarding how kinesiologists are adapting to ensure continuity of care to help maintain and improve client health and wellness.
BC Association of Kinesiologists (BCAK) professional (Practicing) members have available to them, the necessary tools and resources to adhere to the Federal and Provincial guidelines (including the WorkSafeBC requirements) along with any emergency orders issued to prevent or reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
While Practicing members can provide in-person care, they will endeavour to deliver services through means which help prevent possible disease transmission to clients, themselves and others in their community to the best of their ability. Telehealth service delivery 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 through the online environment. These methods of service delivery are considered acceptable substitutes for in-person service delivery, provided that the kinesiologist works within the scope of practice and their own skillset, and abides by the code of ethics, professional practice standards and infection prevention and control guidelines required by the BCAK.
If you are a client of a Kinesiologist, or are a Third-Party Insurer, wishing to assess the viability of Kinesiology Telehealth services, make sure 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 needs to meet the requirements detailed in the various legislated Acts, including the Personal Information Protection Act of BC (PIPA-BC).
- Presents you with an Informed Consent Form that 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 – and that the Consent Form requires you to read, understand and agree (sign to indicate acceptance of the terms and conditions of consent) to the delivery of those services.
The Kinesiologist will need to conduct an appropriate assessment of your current health condition, determine needs, and provide you with a care plan to which you must agree, prior to implementation of any Telehealth treatment – and be aware that not all services can be effectively delivered via Telehealth.
Please note that BCAK Practicing Kinesiologists are required to have professional liability insurance that covers Telehealth services for BC residents.
BCAK members are committed to providing safe services to British Columbians in need of kinesiology care and treatment for their continued health and well being.