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Ethics in Physical Therapy (2019)

presented by Sheila Nicholson, Esquire, DPT, MBA, MA, PT

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Financial: Sheila Nicholson receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Sheila Nicholson has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants and students of each should comply with ethics and professional responsibility governing the practice of physical therapy. In some states this becomes more than aspirational conduct and has actually been codified as part of the State's Practice Act, hence making compliance mandatory. Accordingly, this course is designed to provide an overview of physical therapy ethics and professional responsibility. Every practicing physical therapist, physical therapist assistant and student of each must be knowledgeable of ethics and professional responsibility and act in compliance. Ignorance of the conduct considered to be ethical and professionally responsible will never be an excuse for failure to comply.

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1. Overview of Ethics & Professional Responsibility in Physical Therapy

This chapter will provide a general overview of ethics by discussing the code of ethics, established by the American Physical Therapy Association, and the professional responsibilities established by the APTA and state laws before looking into very specific topics that relate to the Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants.

2. Ethics for Physical Therapists

This chapter will break down the key terms related to ethical conduct as well as the core values for professional responsibility and ethics before discussing what these values are, and how they directly relate to the Physical Therapist, as outlined by the American Physical Therapy Association.

3. Ethics for Physical Therapist Assistants

This chapter will continue the discussion of the core Values for professional responsibility and ethics from chapter 2, and discuss what these values are, how they are defined and how they directly relate to the Physical Therapist Assistant, as outlined by the American Physical Therapy Association.

4. Professional Responsibility in Physical Therapy

In this chapter, we will break down what professional responsibility in Physical Therapy actually means, and how it applies to both the Physical Therapist and the Physical Therapist Assistant, as well as discuss the key indicators for each of the core values.

5. Case Study Activity

In this chapter you will be presented with three scenarios representing ethical dilemmas in physical therapy practice. By exploring these scenarios, you will have the opportunity to think critically about the content discussed throughout this course and put your knowledge into practice.

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