Physical Therapy Code Of Ethics
Preamble: The Physical Therapy Code of Ethics of the American Physical Therapy Association sets forth principles for the ethical practices of physical therapy. All physical therapists are responsible for maintaining and promoting ethical practice. To this end, the physical therapist shall act in the best interest of the patient/client. This Code of Ethics shall be binding on all physical therapists.
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A physical therapist shall respect the rights and dignity of all individuals and shall provide compassionate care.
A physical therapist shall act in a trustworthy manner toward patients/clients and in all other aspects of physical therapy practice.
A physical therapist shall comply with laws and regulations governing physical therapy and shall strive to effect changes that benefit patients/clients.
A physical therapist shall exercise sound professional judgment.
A physical therapist shall achieve and maintain professional competence.
A physical therapist shall maintain and promote high standards for physical therapy practice, education, and research.
A physical therapist shall seek only such remuneration as is deserved and reasonable for physical therapy services.
A physical therapist shall provide and make available accurate and relevant information to patients/clients about their care and to the public about physical therapy services.
A physical therapist shall protect the public and the profession from unethical, incompetent, and illegal acts.
A physical therapist shall endeavor to address the health needs of society.
A physical therapist shall respect the rights, knowledge, and skills of colleagues and other health care professionals.
Adopted by the House of Delegates June 1981 Last amended June 2000
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