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Course Overview

Inappropriate patient sexual behavior (IPSB) is any verbal or physical act of explicit or perceived sexual nature which is carried out by a patient and directed at a clinician, staff, or other individual in any healthcare setting. IPSB encompasses a spectrum of behaviors, including staring, propositions, genital exposure, and sexual assault. Professionals may experience ethical distress when attempting to balance their legal and ethical commitment to the health of a misbehaving patient with their own right to workplace safety.

About the Course Author

Kristen graduated from Springfield College in 2012 with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She completed an Orthopedic and Manual Therapy Residency through Evidence in Motion in 2014. She has worked primarily in the outpatient orthopedic setting and her clinical experience includes the treatment of patients with vestibular disorders, post-concussion syndrome, complex hypermobility disorders, and a wide variety of orthopedic conditions. Kristen Wulfing, PT, DPT 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 (2 Match)

  • Ohio Physical Therapy Association


    This course is approved by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association, approval number 20S2550. This activity is approved for 1.0 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 1.0 contact hours.

Course Details
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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Construct assertive responses to IPSB using three techniques.; Define inappropriate patient sexual behavior (IPSB).; Describe three actions the physical therapy profession can take to reduce the negative effects of IPSB.; Identify five resources for support when IPSB creates a hostile work environment.
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction
    About This Course
    Learning Objectives
    Section 2: Understanding Inappropriate Patient Sexual Behavior
    Inappropriate Patient Sexual Behavior
    Laws and Ethics
    Inappropriate Patient Sexual Behavior
    Effects of Inappropriate Patient Sexual Behavior
    Causes of Inappropriate Patient Sexual Behavior
    Section 3: Taking Effective Action
    Informal Responses
    Direct Communication Strategies
    Ineffective Informal Responses
    Formal Response
    Section 4: Next Steps
    Addressing IPSB for Patients with Cognitive Impairments
    Next Steps for the Profession
    Section 5: Clinical Vignette
    Case Scenario
    Section 6: Conclusion
    Course Contributor

  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 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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