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Thursday, May 13, 2021 (All Times in EDT)

5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 

Opening Ceremonies/Remarks


5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Opening Keynote Presentation - TBA


6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.

Virtual Poster Hall and Poster Presentations


6:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • Cardiorespiratory Division: Clinical Audit to Clinical Pearls - Sparking Critical Thinking and Changing Practice
    Speaker: Judy Kay
    Session Description: The Eastern Health regional cardiorespiratory practice group undertook a clinical audit process to explore our physiotherapy management of adult patients with pneumonia. Online surveys and teleconferencing were used to gather data and facilitate regional discussions. The interactive process saw the evolution from determination of current practice status to the development of a tool to support enhanced clinical reasoning and prescription. 
     
  • Global Health Division: Experiential Account and Lessons Learned From the Locally-Led Rehabilitation Response to the 2019 Nepal Windstorm Disaster
    Speaker: Jennifer Allen
    Session Description: Organizations working in rehabilitation in Nepal, including the Nepal Physiotherapy Association, collaborated with the Nepal government by advocating for and embedding rehabilitation services into the ongoing health response to the 2019 windstorm. The rehabilitation efforts reached 125 people who were injured by the windstorm. Various lessons were taken from the locally-led rehabilitation response that built upon the response to the 2015 Nepal earthquake.
     
  • Going Back for More: Tips and Tricks for Those Considering or Currently Pursuing Graduate Studies - Panel
    Speakers: Dr. Caitlin Mcarthur, Dr. Adria Quigley, Riley Louie, Dr. Jay Shaw, Shannon Lim, Christina Ziebart & Dr. Laura Desveaux
    Session Description: This panel session will convene physiotherapists who are contemplating, actively pursuing, or who have completed a PhD to start a dialogue about PhD training and post-PhD career paths, while simultaneously providing attendees with networking opportunities. 
     
  • Women's Health Division: The Never-Ending Birth - Postpartum Patterns of the Bony Pelvis, Clinical Implications, and Solutions
    Speakers: Julia di Paolo, Lynn Schulte & Dr. Lori O'Neill
    Session Description: This session will identify common patterns of the postpartum bony pelvis, clinical implications of surrounding soft tissue and strategies for triaging efficient, sustainable physical therapy intervention.

7:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Networking Break


8:00 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • Pain Science Division: Use of Virtual Pain Management - Is it Snake Oil or Promising?
    Speakers: Janet Holly & Courtney Bridgewater
    Session Description: This presentation will provide an introduction to types of virtual reality (VR) systems. A review of VR research for the management of pain conditions will be shared. A case study of a successful use of VR for the management of pain will be illustrated. The need for critical thinking in its prescription, as well as potential pitfalls, will be presented.
     
  • Pain Science Division: Understanding the Experience of Pain in Patients With Knee Osteoarthritis - Insights and Implications for Clinical Practice
    Speakers: Anthony Teoli, Dr. Lisa Carlesso & Dr. Crystal MacKay
    Session Description: Physiotherapists have a crucial role to play in educating patients with knee osteoarthritis. It is time to change the narrative about knee osteoarthritis and shift away from a “structural damage” model, towards a more “person-centered” approach. This presentation will discuss knee osteoarthritis-related pain mechanisms, the importance of considering the patient experience, and clinically relevant strategies for patient education.
     
  • Seniors' Health Division: TIME™ (Together in Movement and Exercise) -  Making Community-Based Exercise Accessible for People With Mobility Impairments and How to Replicate Our Model
    Speaker: Margot Catizzone
    Session Description: Opportunities for people with mobility issues to participate in exercise programs are limited. Their lives often become sedentary. This session presents the TIME™ program as a solution that promotes healthy aging and social interaction through exercise for people living with chronic mobility impairments. TIME™ highlights how physiotherapists can lead a coast-to-coast movement, building community capacity for adapted exercise programs.
     
  • Where Do Core Professional Values Fit in Practice? A Pandel Discussion
    Speakers: Dianne Millette, Dr. Sandy Rennie, Dr. Lisa Saladin, Dr. Patricia Thille, Dr. Pat Miller, Dr. Vanina Dal Bello-Haas
    Session Description: This session will begin with a description of how the 10 core professional values were identified. Then, a panel of four physiotherapists, with a range of professional backgrounds, will discuss the importance and relevance of core values in one’s professional practice and in the functioning of a professional association. A facilitated discussion between the audience and panel members will follow.
     

Friday, May 14, 2021 (All Times in EDT)

5:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Day 2 Welcome Remarks


5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Keynote Presentation - TBA


6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Virtual Poster Hall and Poster Presentations


6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Concurrent Workshop Sessions and Podium Presentations

  • Leadership Division: Critical Thinking and Clinical Reasoning Skills for Physiotherapists in an Era of Misinformation
    Speaker: Dr. Judy King
    Session Description: Critical thinking and clinical reasoning have always been foundational skills used by physiotherapists, regardless of their role. But, in this era of misinformation, these skills are needed more than ever by physiotherapists to be able to identify credible sources in making clinical and professional decisions and to help clients identify reliable patient education material to help them manage their conditions. 
     
  • Neurosciences Divison: Addressing Barriers of Tele-Rehabilitation
    Speakers: Jennifer O'Neil, Lisa SheehyDr. Jacqueline van Ierssel
    Session Description: The impact of COVID-19 has greatly accelerated the use of tele-rehabilitation; however, its uptake has been inconsistent and many barriers have been identified. An interactive case study-based workshop, focusing on the use of tele-rehabilitation for brain injury survivors, will allow particiants to develop strategies to problem-solve issues surrounding the use of tele-rahabilitation, leading to improved patient outcomes and optimal care.
     
  • Podium Block #1
     
    • Is Yoga Feasible and Beneficial for People Living With HIV? Results of a Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial
      Speaker: Dr. Adria Quigley
      Session Description: We will present the results of a randomized pilot trial investigating the feasibility and impact of a yoga intervention on cognitive ability, health-related quality of life, physical function, mental health, and antiretroviral adherence among people living with HIV. Our work provides preliminary evidence of feasibility and benefits of yoga for people living with HIV.
       
    • The Experieience of Physical Activity Among Métis Older Adults
      Speaker: Liris Smith
      Session DescriptionThis abstract is the presentation of a community-based research project (as part of PhD requirements) in the northern Saskatchewan community of Île-à-la-Crosse. Métis older adults described their experiences with physical activity throughout their lifespan, which was synthesized into three primary themes. The congruencies and dissonances with the ICF framework and the conceptual theories of physical literacy were also examined.  
       
    • Development and Validation of the Fracture Risk Home Care (FRS-HC): A Tool to Predict One-Year Incident Fracture for Home Care Recipients
      Speaker: Dr. Caitlin Mcarthur
      Session DescriptionWe developed the Fracture Risk Scale - Home Care (FRS-HC) to help clinicians identify home care recipients at high-risk for fracture in the next year. We used data from routine home care assessments, hospital admissions, and emergency room visits and developed the scale through decision tree analysis. Our results demonstrate that the FRS-HC is a valid tool to predict fracture.
       
    • Using Knowledge Translation to Identify and Address Barriers to the Use of Resources Designed to Support Best Practice in Pain Science by Canadian Physiotherapists
      Speakers: Janet Holly, Tori Etheridge & Geoff Bostick
      Session DescriptionThis project assessed barriers and facilitators regarding the uptake of knowledge tools created by the Pain Science Division (PSD) of the CPA amongst the PSD membership. Knowledge Translation science derived strategies were selected and undertaken to specifically target the most common barriers. An understanding of how to make these tools more usable for therapists will enhance their impact augmenting pain evidence-based management. 
       
    • The Exploration of the Impact of Interprofessional Education: Dental Hygiene, Pharmacy, Nursing, and Physiotherapy Student Perspectives
      Speaker: Dr. Moni Fricke
      Session DescriptionAn interprofessional education strategy places close to 600 learners from nine different health profession programs into longitudinal teams, delivering curriculum through blended learning activities. Program evaluation to date has focused on quantitative measures of team development and individual learner interprofessional socialization. This project shares results of a qualitative analysis of diverse learners’ lived experiences of interprofessional collaborative education.
       
    • The Outcomes and Utility of Decision-Making Aids in Patients Seeking Care for Hip and/or Knee Osteoarthristis: A Scoping Review
      Speaker: Arianne Simmonne Paine, Natalie Bertrand, Theodora Chan & Katrine Majetic
      Session DescriptionDecision making aids are tools that work to facilitate collaboration and help patients make informed choices about their care by providing information and clarifying values. This scoping review examines whether or not decision-making aids used with patients with knee and hip osteoarthritis impact outcomes at the patient and health care system levels.
       
  • Podium Block #2
     
    • ​Generating Resilience to Injuries Through Training (GRIT): A Feasibility Study
      Speaker: Dr. Eric Robitaille
      Session Description: This study investigated the feasibility of implementing an evidence-based training program, compared to control, during an infantry course. Evidence-based training posed a manageable demand on resources without compromising military operations, with participants reporting 30% fewer overuse injuries, 296 fewer limited duty days, and 11 fewer attritions than control. Evidence-based training should be considered for a full experimental trial. 
       
    • My Weight Enters the Room Before I Do: A Public Engagement Startegy for Patients Experiencing Weight Stigma
      Speaker: Liz Harvey
      Session Description: This project used an arts-informed approach as a public engagement strategy with people who experienced weight-stigmatizing behaviour in physiotherapy. We co-created a digital gallery of images and audio to use in a knowledge translation activity with physiotherapists. Group members felt safe and supported throughout the process and group cohesion was achieved with the group process, size, and moderators. 
       
    • Clinical Instructors' Experiences When Working With and Assessing Students Performing Below Expectations in Physical Therapy Clinical Internships
      Speaker: Brenda Mori & Martine Quesnel
      Session Description
      This abstract is a summary of a research study that was performed exploring clinical instructors’ experiences when working with and assessing students performing below expectations in physical therapy clinical internships.
       
    • How Does Pelvic Floor Muscle Training Lead to Improvement of Stress Urinary Incontinence Symptons in Females?
      SpeakerFlavia Antonio
      Session DescriptionThe purposes of this study were to determine if any facets of Levator ani muscles function, measured through the PERFECT-Scheme and/or through pelvic morphology measured using transperineal ultrasound imaging: (i) are associated with the severity of signs/symptoms of SUI in females; (ii) improve following a 12-week PFMT intervention; and (iii) demonstrate improvements that are associated with improvements in SUI signs/symptoms. 
       
    • The Search for the Holy Grail: A Systematic Review of Health-Related Quality of Life Measures for Active Youth
      SpeakerChristina Le
      Session DescriptionWe conducted a systematic review to find the most suitable patient-reported outcome measure (PROM) to assess health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of active youth. After following the COSMIN guidelines to evaluate measurement properties, interpretability, and feasibility of 18 identified PROMs, no PROM was definitively recommended. Three HRQoL PROMs are recommended over others due to sufficient structural validity and internal consistency.
       
    • What is the Acceptability and Usability of an Online Educational Resource Alongside Physiotherapy to Support Patients With Patellofemoral Pain?
      SpeakerDr. Allison Ezzat
      Session DescriptionThis mixed-methods study describes the acceptability and usability of an online resource for patellofemoral pain in patients and physiotherapists in Canada.

8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Student's Virtual Reception

Saturday, May 15, 2021 (All Times in EDT)

1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Day 3 Welcome Remarks


1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Enid Graham Panel Discussion - TBA


2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Networking Break


2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • Pain Science Division: Biopsychosocial Influences on Movement Quality in Low Back Pain - It Can be Disabling!
    SpeakersPatrick Ippersiel & Andrij Ferguson
    Session Description: This educational session will discuss how movement is linked to psychosocial factors, sensory hypersensitivity, and pain – all in the context of clinical rehabilitation. The entire session will be embedded within an interactive case study (e.g., video/audio of a patient) and discuss how a treatment approach based in principles of 'cognitive functional therapy' can be applied to improve management.
     
  • Private Practice Division: TBA
    Speaker(s): TBA
    Session Description: TBA
     
  • Sport Division: Introduction to Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
    Speakers: Jeannine Noble & Malka Stromer
    Session Description: Ultrasound is a powerful diagnostic tool that physiotherapists can utilize in their practice to enhance patient care by immediately determining if a patient is or is not a candidate for therapy, immediately determining the severity of a patient's injury, etc. This session will provide attendees with an introduction to the most commonly scanned musculoskeletal anatomy, observing useful scanning techniques/protocols.
     
  • Ensuring Equitable Access to Physiotherapy: Current Conditions and Possible Strategies - Panel
    SpeakersDr. Joanne Parsons, Dr. Patty Thille, Tory Crawford & Dr. Sandra Webber
    Session Description: Reductions in publicly funded physiotherapy services may contribute to access and health inequities. We present the demographics of individuals accessing private physiotherapy services and describe the availability of low- or no-cost physiotherapy services in the same urban setting. We then summarize organizational strategies to improve access identified through a scoping review. Discussion of access issues and strategies will follow.

3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Networking Break


3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • Oncology Division: Meeting the Needs of Cancer Survivors - The Development and Outcomes of the Physiotherapy Cancer Rehabilitation Program
    Speaker: Karen Dobbin
    Session Description: Cancer survivors have many physical needs after cancer treatments and physiotherapists are uniquely qualified to address the broad spectrum of cancer-related impairments that limit function and mobility. The role of physiotherapy cancer rehabilitation should be enhanced throughout Canada. This presentation outlines the physical needs of cancer patients and the development and outcomes of a comprehensive physiotherapy cancer rehabilitation service.
     
  • Exploring Weight Stigma in Physiotherapy: A Multi-Method Session
    Speakers: Dr. Patricia Thille, Elizabeth Harvey & Dr. Sandra Webber
    Session Description: This abstract engages physiotherapists to explore how weight stigma (also known as fat stigma or obesity stigma) can be enacted or prevented in physiotherapy practice. This workshop, which builds upon one designed for a research study completed in 2020, integrates adult learning principles into the design.
     
  • Cardiorespiratory Division: Severe Atelectasis Following Total Hip Replacement surgery - A Case for Novel Combined Modatilties
    Speaker: Judy Kay
    Session Description: Intra-operative positioning for hip fracture repair requires trunk bracing to avoid movement. In the context of a protuberant abdomen, underlying COPD, and post-operative pain medication, severe hypoxia developed despite a spinal anesthesia approach. A novel physiotherapy intervention, including mechanical vibration simultaneously with vibratory PEP with an Acapella, achieved significant respiratory recovery; demonstrated with a case study. 
     
  • Patient Education is Physiotherapy
    Speaker: Dr. Judy King
    Session Description: Physiotherapists provide patient education daily, but often times this does not result in changes in health outcomes or behaviour for patients. This may be due to the fact that physiotherapists do not know how to approach the multifactorial nature of patient education interventions. This presentation will provide participants with knowledge and skills to optimize their patient education interventions. 

7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Virtual Gala

Sunday, May 16, 2021 (All Times in EDT)

1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Day 4 Welcome Remarks


1:15 p.m. 2:00 p.m.

Plenary Session - TBA


2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Sponsor Presentation - TBA


2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

  • Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia (PABC): Embedding Neuroscience Into Your Physiotherapy Practice
    Speakers: Dr. Ryan D'Arcy & Tanja Yardley
    Session Description: Neuroscience is advancing quicky and has the potential to positively disrupt the way we work and live in the next decade. We are discovering new things about the science of recovery and brain health almost daily and, sometimes, it can be hard to keep up. In today’s session, we are going to pass along some of the key highlights of the emerging research and open up a dialogue about how we can be involved in advancing our profession.
     
  • Leadership Division: The Significance of Diversity and Inclusion in the Health Care Setting
    Speakers: Jessie Wong & Dr. Kevin Marryshow
    Session Description: This presentation will shed light on the importance of diversity and inclusion in health care, particularly in physiotherapy. We will also be discussing the effects of having a non-diverse and inclusive health care. Lastly, we will be providing real life examples of actionable steps to include diversity and inclusion in the physiotherapy setting.
     
  • Electrophysical Agents: Reviewing the Past, Examining the Present, and Critically Positioning for the Future
    Speakers: Dr. Alison Hoens, Dr. Sandy Rennie, Dr. Ethne Nussbaum & Dr. Joseph Anthony
    Session Description: This panel will provide participants with key messages about the past, present, and future of electrophysical agents (EPAs) in physiotherapy practice. This session will culminate by sharing highlights from a pan-Canadian initiative to recommend evidence-based updates to EPA curriculum within Canadian physiotherapy pre-licensure training.
     
  • TBA
    Speaker(s): TBA
    Session Description: TBA

3:15 p.m. 3:45 p.m.

Networking Break


3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Closing Keynote Presentation - TBA

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