An iPad screen capture from the APA app: this section provides a video demonstration of neck manipulation.
An iPad screen capture from the APA app: this section provides a video demonstration of neck manipulation.

Australian app for PTs provides manipulation guidance

The Australian Physiotherapy Association has launched an app for iPhones and iPads which offers physical therapists a new way to educate their patients about neck manipulation. 

It helps inform patients about the risks and possible complications associated with spinal manipulation, so that patients are fully equipped to provide informed consent before treatment.

The app includes an 80 second video demonstrating the process of neck manipulation, explaining what patients can expect and the potential risks. The video is available in seven languages and includes a patient education fact sheet, informed consent labels, clinical guidelines and cervical treatment flowcharts. These resources can be printed or emailed from the app. Since launch, APA has sold 150 of the apps every month.

“Physiotherapists are committed to their ethical and legal obligations to disclose any risk to their patients prior to an examination and treatment,” APA president Melissa Locke said. “The APA recognises that there can be some confusion as to how to obtain informed consent. The process can be complicated by language restrictions, patient comprehension and time management. This app allows physiotherapists to communicate clearly and effectively, and ensure patients understand any risks,” Ms Locke said.

The Manipulation Consent app is available from the iTunes App Store.