Practice Guidelines

Disclaimer: Practice guidelines provide licensees with general guidance to promote good practice. Law, rules and regulations, not guidelines, specify the requirements for practice and what may constitute professional misconduct.

Guideline 10: Engaging in Telepractice

"Telepractice" is providing service that is not "in person" and is facilitated through the use of technology. Such technology may include, but is not limited to, telephone, telefax, e-mail, internet, or videoconference.

Telepractice, when used as a form of physical therapy practice, is subject to all practice and ethical considerations discussed in this document and in the law, Rules and regulations governing physical therapy practice in New York State.
Consider the particular impact of telepractice on dimensions of physical therapy practice, including, but not limited to:
  1. Awareness and assessment of unobservable behavior;
  2. Confidentiality and privacy of clients and their transmissions;
  3. Access issues such as distribution of computers and familiarity with technology;
  4. Temporal factors such as simultaneous communication, time between responses, and formalized "sessions"; and
  5. Development of technological proficiencies and on-line culture/language.
Citations of Pertinent Law, Rules or Regulations:
Education Law, Section 6509(2) – "incompetence and negligence"
Last Updated: April 15, 2021