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Course Overview

Therapy professionals are constantly confronted with a variety of ethical and moral dilemmas. Their decisions, and even their failures to make decisions, can have long-range effects professionally and personally for providers, patients, healthcare entities, and for society as a whole. Why does one value win out over another? What does the decision process involve? How do these decisions impact those involved? This 2-hour course will address ethical and moral dilemmas, the decision processes, and posit multiple ethical case studies.

About the Course Author

Wendy holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University in Biology, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Florida A&M University. She has more than 25 years of experience working as a Physical Therapist in multiple care settings, including acute care, inpatient rehab, independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, and outpatient orthopedics. Wendy has a strong manual therapy background and has completed additional training in McConnell taping, geriatric care, McKenzie MDT, Maitland Mobilizations for the joints and spine. She is most passionate about using her manual skills to improve mobility and reduce pain in individuals of all ages. As a Lead Physical Therapy writer for Relias, Wendy enjoys being able to combine her clinical knowledge with her interest in research and staying up-to-date with changes and advances in the field of rehabilitation. Wendy Phillips, PT, BSPT has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Andrea Salzman, MS, PT, has a master's degree in physical therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is the founder and owner of the Aquatic Resources Network, the largest multidisciplinary clearinghouse of information on aquatic therapy. She currently serves as program director for Aquatic Therapy University and has assisted hundreds of facilities during the startup and training phases of their aquatic practice. Salzman has served as editor-in-chief of an APTA section journal, probing ethical topics within her editor's column and has served as a lead therapist and a PT manager in both skilled nursing and hospital settings. Andrea Salzman, MS, PT has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (4 Match)

  • Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy


    This course is approved by the Arkansas State Board of Physical Therapy and offered to PTs and PTAs for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Hawaii Board of Physical Therapy Licensing


    The Hawaii Board of Physical Therapy accepts courses approved by another state or jurisdiction’s physical therapy board. This course is approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California and offered to PTs and PTAs for CEUs. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Ohio Physical Therapy Association


    This course is approved by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association, approval number 20S2520. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
  • Alabama State Board of Physical Therapy


    The Alabama Board of Physical Therapy recognizes the completion of distance learning courses as maintenance of continuing competence. This course is approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California and offered to PTs and PTAs for CEUs. This activity is approved for 2.0 contact hours.

Course Details
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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Apply elements of the American Physical Therapy AssociationÂ’s Core Ethical documents to two case studies to resolve mock ethical dilemmas.; Articulate two distinctions between morals, ethics, and the law as related to the physical therapy profession.; Define at least three main ethical theories and principles of healthcare ethics.; Describe three changes in the professional, reimbursement, and legal landscapes that affect PTs and PTAs.; Describe three types of advance directives and how they are designed to reduce moral, ethical, and legal dilemmas.; Describe two methods physical therapy professionals can employ to help resolve ethical situations.
  • Outline:

    Ethics vs. Law
    Advanced Directives
    Section 4: Ethical Theories and Principles
    Main Ethical Theories
    Core Principles
    Competing Ethical Principles
    Methods to Resolve Ethical Dilemmas
    Integrating Theory Into Practice
    Steps to Resolve an Ethical Dilemma
    Clinical Vignette
    Active Engagement Method
    Ethical Lens Grid Method of Resolving Ethical Situations
    Clinical Vignette
    Section 5: Code of Ethics
    Codifying Ethics
    Judd and Joan
    LaRonda and Louise
    Trevor and Tom
    Jarod and Tidley
    Sara and Hattie
    Anna and Dante
    Jordan and Ashtani
    Chelsea and Jacques
    Section 6: Conclusion
    Course Contributors

  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Physical Therapists; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
    Relias has a grievance policy in place to facilitate reports of dissatisfaction. Relias will make every effort to resolve each grievance in a mutually satisfactory manner. In order to report a complaint or grievance please contact Relias.
    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Support by completing the web form (https://www.relias.com/help) or by using the chat functionality.
    All courses offered by Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
    Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply any endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of, or affiliation with, Relias, LLC.
    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support here.
  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.
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