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What is telepractice?
Across each professional practice domain, there are many different but related terms used to describe this service delivery model. Pearson Clinical Assessment Canada uses the term Telepractice as an umbrella term to reflect the most broad sense of the concept across the most settings, including schools, medical facilities, private practices, outpatient clinics, home-based care and others. The term telepractice also encompasses the broad array of activities currently used within this model, including interprofessional collaboration, consultation, direct service, supervision and more.
Telepractice is the application of telecommunications technology to the delivery of professional services at a distance by linking clinician to client or clinician to clinician for assessment, intervention, and/or consultation. In short, telepractice allows for continuity of care when in-person sessions are not practical or feasible. Over the past several weeks, the landscape of healthcare has drastically changed. The term “social distancing” or "physical distancing" has become a part of our vernacular — seemingly overnight — and as a large majority of the world has found a way to comply, there are many, like you, who are searching for ways to lessen the divide in order to provide care to those who need it. Telepractice—comprising a growing variety of applications and services using two-way video, email, smart phones, wireless tools, and other forms of telecommunications technology—can help you do just that.
Some professionals may not be using assessments at this time, but if you are considering telepractice, please consult your professional organizations, licensing boards, insurance providers, and provincial laws and regulations regarding telepractice.
How does Telepractice work?
You can continue to care for your clients under the umbrella of "telepractice". Please review the guidelines below:
Specific issues in the delivery of assessment via telepractice include, but are not limited to:
- The age and characteristics of the examinee
- The skill, experience, and training level(s) of the examiner
- The assessment task format(s)
- Appropriate modifications of tasks delivered in a telepractice setting
- The data supporting the valid and reliable modification of any use of norm-referenced scores validated on a paper administration in a telepractice environment
- The legal requirements of any use of published test content in a telepractice context
A five-theme framework (Eichstadt, Castilleja, Jakubowitz, & Wallace, 2013) for addressing issues of assessment in telepractice may be helpful in identifying key areas of focus or concern for each assessment. The five themes are:
- Audio/Visual Environment (e.g., sound quality, video quality, background distractions)
- Examiner Factors (e.g., technological competence, familiarity with the test)
- Examinee Factors (e.g., behaviour, fatigue level, comfort with technology)
- Test/Test Materials (e.g., type of task to be administered, format of stimulus, ease of use)
- Other/Miscellaneous (e.g., purpose of the administration, nature of clinical relationship)
Please note that any reproduction of the currently published formats of any test requires prior permission from Pearson before you begin to manipulate any copyrighted material. See the Legal Policies on our website for additional detail.
This page was updated Monday, January 4, 2021 [08:10]
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Letter of No Objection
Download Pearson's Letter of No Objection to permit delivery of telepractice services of certain copyrighted materials.