"Greatness comes by beginning something that doesn't end with you."
The College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists of Ontario (CASLPO) has a very informative position statement regarding telepractice. I have included an excerpt of their definition of a "face-to-face" encounter:
CASLPO's Code of Ethics also states that members:
2.5 will ensure that the primary assessment/treatment/consultation with patients/clients will be a face-to-face encounter. General education materials and follow-up care may be judiciously delivered by electronic means;
A "face-to-face encounter" may be conducted using electronic means. An electronic intervention may be considered to be "face-to-face" if it meets the following four criteria: audio, visual, in real-time and interactive.
This definition of "face-to-face encounter" would thus include the use of live, interactive videoconferencing and exclude the use of the telephone (no visual component), and other media such as e-mail and facsimile (no audio component, no visual component, and neither live or interactive). Also excluded is store and forward communication in which images and other information are recorded, stored and then transmitted for examination later. For example, this definition of face-to-face would not allow for assessment to be conducted primarily through the use of recorded videotape as it is neither live nor interactive.
Follow this link to read the entire Position Statement: http://www.caslpo.com/Portals/0/positionstatements/mptelepractice.pdf
Marnee Brick, MSc
Speech-Language Pathologist and Director of Speech Therapy
TinyEYE Therapy Services (Speech Therapy Telepractice)