Allied Health-care Professionals

Allied health-care professionals are health providers with formal education and training who are credentialed through certification, registration, or licensure. They collaborate with physicians, nurses, and other members of the interprofessional team to deliver high quality patient care services for the identification, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disabilities, and disorders.

Examples of allied health-care professionals are:
  • Occupational therapists – help patients that experience challenges with everyday activities due to injury, illness, or disability
  • Physiotherapists – help patients manage pain, and improve physical functioning
  • Speech language pathologists – provide counselling and rehabilitation for speech, language, voice, and swallowing disorders
  • Social workers – help individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations develop skills and resources to solve everyday problems
  • Therapy assistants – help patients carry out rehabilitation programs that are designed to improve a patient’s ability to function on their own
  • Respiratory therapists – treat and educate patients who suffer from cardiac and respiratory diseases and disorders
In this survey, RhPAP is asking about your understanding of allied health-care professionals and how they fit in your community. The intent is to understand how allied health-care professionals are perceived and currently being used throughout Alberta.

We will share the survey results with our partners in health care.

This survey should take less than three minutes to complete.

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* 1. Are you a resident of Alberta?

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* 2. If you answered "Yes" to Question 1, in which AHS (Alberta Health Services) zone do you live?

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AHS Zone Map

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* 3. Do you live in a rural or remote community with a population under 15,000?

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* 4. Are you currently working as a health professional (physician, nurse, nurse practitioner, midwife, or allied health-care professional)?

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* 5. Generally, how well do you understand the difference between allied health-care professionals and other health providers (physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, and midwives)?

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* 6. Overall, what is your understanding of the roles and responsibilities for the following allied health-care professionals?

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Occupational therapists
Physiotherapists
Speech language pathologists
Social workers
Therapy assistants
Respiratory therapists

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* 7. To your knowledge, do members of your community have local access to the following allied health-care professionals?

  Yes No  Unsure
Occupational therapists
Physiotherapists
Speech language pathologists
Social workers
Therapy assistants
Respiratory therapists

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* 8. Does your community include allied health-care professionals in their attraction and retention activities?

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* 9. What further information would you like to know about allied health-care professionals?

Please feel free to participate in any of the 12 surveys, and have your voice heard!
Visit the Rural VIP Survey site to participate in surveys on rural topics like seniors' health and well-being, mental health, and mobile health care in Alberta.

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