This post is a reblogging of a recent post by Jenny Wickford. Jenny is a Swedish physiotherapist with a special interest in looking at pelvic pain and dysfunction from a functional and movement-based perspective. Jenny's blogsite can be found here. I have had the rare opportunity to spend three courses totaling 22 days exploring the human body through dissection. These courses have, hands down, been some of the most powerful experiences I have had – personally and professionally. They have challenged much of what I have been taught, what I thought I knew. The forms, in their silence, have showed me life in a whole different light. I am a firm believer in the power of touch. Our … [Read more...] about Meeting the human body
This second blogpost from Dina Brooks extends her argument about the role of the CPN in reaching out to the wider physiotherapy community. In my last blog, Reflections of a quantitative researcher on the CPN Salon, I suggested that we needed to build bridges not walls and encouraged CPN to have more connections with the biomedical quantitative physiotherapy world. Although there was general buy-in to the idea, I was vague in my last blog and wanted to follow up by getting more specific and expanding on the why and how I see this connection happening. Specifically, I wanted to address the risks to the CPN, reasons why the CPN is best positioned to reach across the divide and make … [Read more...] about Beyond Motherhood and Apple Pie
Every week for the last few months an ex-student has asked to meet me become they've become disillusioned with physiotherapy. Whilst its true that there's always been a steady attrition from the profession, the number of recent meetings, and kinds of recent conversations I've had with these people, seems surprising. Working through their personal experiences, their frustrations seem to stem from a desire to do more with the knowledge and skills that they'd acquired. This feeling is often compounded by a sense that the 'system' is preventing them from being the therapist they really want to be. Many want to do further postgraduate study so that they can broaden their horizons. … [Read more...] about The great migration (away from physiotherapy)
Blogpost from Cath Cruse-Drew Today’s blog is a summary from my notes and the reading list from a lecture given by Dr Silvia Camporesi. I was reminded of it this week by an email requesting subjects for a Stroke research project. Prior to Dr Camporesi’s lecture, I didn’t think enough about the difficulties around subject selection, and although I have much left to learn, I hope a summary of one aspect of subject selection is helpful to Physios who may be clinically orientated and not involved in research design. The concept of vulnerability in research bioethics emerged in the Belmont report in 1979, following the establishment of a National Commission which was itself a response to … [Read more...] about Vulnerability in research ethics
This is the second post from Cath Cruse-Drew. It strikes me that at its root, Physiotherapy codes of practice in the UK contain more than a passing resemblance to Kantian moral theory. http://www.csp.org.uk/publications/code-members-professional-values-behaviour Adhering to a rule-based code, the principles governing our practice underline the obligation to observe laws and regulation, to take responsibility, and therefore to be accountable for one’s actions in the expression of one’s duty of care; to act with integrity, honesty and openness (do not lie); to respect and support individual’s autonomy (dignity) and to strive for excellence. The code is necessarily abstract, but … [Read more...] about Professional Codes of Practice – can we (or Kant we) rely on them?!
This is another post in our series of new bloggers on the criticalphysio site. This post comes from Professor Dina Brooks, Canada Research Chair in Rehabilitation in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease at the University of Toronto in Canada. Let me start with two confessions: 1) this is my first blog ever; and 2) I am a quantitative researcher who has done basic and applied research and conducted multiple randomized controlled trials. With any luck, these disclosures will not turn you off reading this blog but intrigue you to know why I feel compelled to write my first blog ever, for the CPN. The day after WCPT Congress, I attended the CPN Salon in a beautiful venue in Cape … [Read more...] about Reflections of a quantitative researcher on the CPN Salon
A few weeks ago, I took part in a panel discussion on the theme of 'The university is dead: Long live the university'. The keynote presenter - the very brilliant Professor Jane Gilbert - talked about how technology is going to disrupt every aspect of our lives in the future. Ever since the talk I've been pondering how much technology will disrupt the kinds of physiotherapy people might need in the future. Here are just three examples of disruptive technologies and ways of thinking and working that are due for a shakeup in the very near future: Fact-based technical subjects, like the kinds of science-bases subjects commonly thought of as 'core' subject in physiotherapy (anatomy, … [Read more...] about Will technology make physiotherapy obsolete?