Providing Culturally Competent Care

In the healthcare setting, cultural competence refers to the ability to provide appropriate and effective medical care to members of various cultural groups. RTs provide care to patients/clients with diverse values, beliefs and behaviours. A practitioner therefore must become competent in providing equitable care though the process of gaining a congruent set of behaviours and […]

Maintaining Professional Boundaries

The therapeutic relationship between an RT and his/her patient/client is one of empathy, trust and respect. It is important to acknowledge that there exists within this relationship an inherent power imbalance.  The RT has access to specialized knowledge, privileged information that the patient/client does not have.  The RT also has the ability to advocate on […]

The RT Difference in End-of-Life Care

Lately, there has been a great deal of discussion in the news, in the courts and more recently in parliament, regarding “end-of-life”. Just last week, Manitoba Conservative MP Steven Fletcher tabled a private member’s bill that proposes the enabling of “assisted dying”. Mr. Fletcher, who was left a quadriplegic after a car accident, was interviewed […]

When Silence is Not Golden

Recently, a Toronto anesthesiologist had his certificate of registration revoked by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) and was criminally sentenced to 10 years in prison for assaulting a number of female patients.  Most of the offenses allegedly occurred in a busy hospital operating room while the patients where under anesthetic. I […]