A key objective of the College is to advance scientific knowledge or the education of persons wishing to practice Massage Therapy, to maintain or improve the standards of practice of the Massage Therapy profession or to provide public information about, and encourage interest in, the past and present role of the Massage Therapy profession in society. To that end, the College is very committed to supporting and advancing research and evidence-based practice in Massage Therapy.
The College’s support of research is related to mandated responsibilities in the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991, to:
- Develop, establish and maintain programs and standards of practice to assure the quality of the practice of the profession;
- Develop, establish and maintain standards of knowledge and skill and programs to promote continuing evaluation, competence and improvement among the members.
It is important to note that through its support of Massage Therapy research, the College does not take any position that aims to promote Massage Therapy. Rather, the College has three primary reasons for supporting Massage Therapy research:
- To support the generation of knowledge that informs the provision of Massage Therapy treatments to optimize the health of Ontarians;
- To support public access to competent and knowledgeable Massage Therapists;
- To provide evidence-based information useful to the public in making health care decisions.
The CMTO will continue to strive to carry out its responsibilities in the research context in two key ways: