The Personal Support Worker Program Standard in Ontario: An Alternative to Self-Regulation?
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Personal support workers (PSWS) provide hands-on assistance in a variety of long-term care and community settings. The question of whether psws should become regulated similar to other self-regulating health professions is a perennial concern in policy circles, especially because of the intimate nature of their work and the potential for abuse of clients and workers. This article explores a chain of policy decisions around psws in ontario culminating in the creation of a common educational standard for psw programs, titled the psw program standard. We argue that these policy developments may represent an alternative pathway to self-regulation of an essential workforce.
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