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Your Questions Answered: New Standards of Practice

Summer 2022

On April 27, 2022, CMTO presented a webinar hosted by the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario on the new Standards of Practice.

This presentation helped explain the new Standards and other supporting resources, and provided guidance on implementing the Standards in practice. Below are answers to the top four questions received during the presentation.

  1. Where can I find the new Standards and other practice resources?

RMTs can find the Standards of Practice and other practice resources on the Standards and Rules page. Each topic links to a Standard or primary guidance document and related resources (such as Standard Spotlights). The Standards of Practice and Standard Spotlights are now also available in French.

  1. What type of health history information do I have to collect?

According to the Standard of Practice: Client-centred Care, RMTs must collect any relevant health information to assess each client’s unique condition and help inform the client’s treatment. Additional guidance about the types of information that must be included in clients’ health records is published in CMTO’s Guide to Record Keeping Requirements.

  1. Do I have to update my clients’ health history every year?

The new Standards provide flexibility to allow RMTs to choose when to update health history depending on the needs of their practice and client group. This may mean collecting updates from clients verbally at each visit or asking clients to share updates in writing periodically or updating health history annually.

  1. How can I make sure I’m meeting the requirements of the new Standards?

CMTO recommends taking a reflective approach to implementing the Standards. The first step is to review the individual Standards to identify the expectations. Next, reflect on your current practices. Then, compare your current practices with expectations in the Standards to identify whether changes need to be made. Once you know if any changes need to be made, you can take steps to implement them in your practice.

CMTO recommends beginning your review with the following areas:

We’d like to thank everyone who attended the webinar. If you have questions about the Standards, please contact CMTO’s Practice Specialist at practicespecialist@cmto.com or 416-489-2626/1-800-465-1933 extension 4124.

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