Info on contacting physicians for clearance etc.
About to get started independently. I'm not quite sure how the communications with physicians is supposed to work. What steps do we follow to get this information if needed.
Does the personal trainer get the client to obtain the exercise guidelines in some written form from the physician? Or does the PT contact the Dr's office on their own? If so, do you call or fax the info to them?
I have no idea what to expect when it comes to communicating with medical professionals or their staff. Any info on that will help.
If I find it necessary to work with a doctor for a client's program (such as for doing rehabilitation) I get paperwork signed by the client that gives me the OK to contact and speak with their doctor. I then contact the doctor's office and ask them how they would best like me to get that information to them so I can talk to the doctor about the clients health history and what recommendations I should follow as necessary.
Hope that helps!
I do the same as Jonathan. My contract spells out when I require a physician's approval, and I expect client to obtain it before I train them. There are occasions when the client's health status changes (eg. surgery) or when I do an assessment and find a red flag (eg. high blood pressure). In that case, I am asking the client to get the approval form signed.
I have space on the form for the physician to wrote in any comments such as modifications or restrictions.
If I get a new client out of physical therapy, the process for the physician's okay is the same but I usually ask for copies of the exercises with the PT and often try to contact the physical therapist before training.
clients usually take it to the office and leave it at the front desk for the doctor to sign. They do no need to make an appointment for this alone but may take it when they need to see the doctor for other reasons.
Does the client have to make an appointment for this, or do they just bring the paperwork by the Dr.'s officer and get it filled out right there?
I also let the physician know a little about me, my expertise, my certifications and how they can contact me if they have questions. I let them know I follow HIPPA regulations and the client knows I am contacting them for further guidance before beginning an exercise program. Lastly, I let them know why the client contacted me and what we'll be working on, as well as any exercise programing I already have as a starting point for the client, so the physician knows my thought process on an exercise program for that client.