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Ethical dilemmas arise in our everyday practice. They can show up in many areas, such as between the patient and therapist on an interpersonal level, within ourselves in struggling intra-personally. Within our interdisciplinary team or the institution we are working in, on an inter-professional or intra-organisational realm. Or even as 'hot topics' in conversation on health or socio-political fields. For some of these ethical dilemmas it is challenging to find a solution that respects all viewpoints, values and duties of the people and institutions involved. For good ethical clinical decision making healthcare practitioners should utilise a knowledge of ethics that includes an understanding of the underlying basis for ethical principles such as respect for autonomy and justice, and an awareness of the influence one's personal beliefs and values might exert in the decision-making process.
This course explores ethical principles and values as a starting point to help you to identify and reflect on ethical issues in your everyday professional life.
This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:
- Personal Moral Viewpoint
- Ethical Principles
- Humans Rights
This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.
Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 3 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 3 Physioplus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.
Requirements to complete this course
In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:
- Respect the Physioplus Community Culture.
- Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
- Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
- Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
- Complete a course evaluation form.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- explain the influence of moral agency on ethical decision making in clinical practice.
- evaluate the impact of their own moral values on health care provision.
- explain how the four principles of medical ethics provide a theoretical framework from which to analyse an ethical situation in health care.
- describe 2 ways in which human rights and ethics contribute to public health.
Australian Physiotherapy Council
APC Accredited Continuing Professional Development
South African Society of Physiotherapy
South African Society of Physiotherapy: PPB007/PT001/2021/019 (3 ethics CEUs Level 1)
Texas Physical Therapy Association
United States - Texas
The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #2312053TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT and PTA licensure renewal in Texas. This activity will provide 2.91 CCUs.
Course recognised by
Physioplus meets the CPD standards of the Health and Social Professions Council of Ireland (CORU). All activities completed on Physioplus are accepted and can contribute towards your continued professional development.
United Kingdom UK (HCPC)
Physioplus meets the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) CPD standards and all activities completed on Physioplus are accepted by the HCPC and can contribute towards your continued professional development.
United States – States not requiring accreditation
Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Washington
The state board of physical therapy either does not require course pre-approval or does not require CEUs for re-licensure. As a result Physioplus courses should fulfil requirements for professional development - please check with your state board.
I started this course during the COVID-19 lockdown as a means to gain the ethical CPD points I needed. I ended up spending more time going through all the articles because for the first time I found ethics fascinating. Many thanks!
An interesting course that makes you question your own ethics. Wonderful to be able to interact and discuss rather than read endless articles. Give it a try!
Physiotherapist, South Africa
As medical professionals we all have an innate sense of the four principles of medical ethics; putting them into practice in the context of the situation is something we learn with time. This course provides a great overview of putting our innate senses into practice.
Physiotherapist, South Africa
This was a really great approach in terms of combining morals and ethics!
A very knowledgeable course about ethical dilemmas in clinical practice that a Physiotherapist can face and how to tackle them more efficiently and morally.
Physiotherapist, Saudi Arabia
Thank you to Physiopedia for always being so insightful and allowing us to further our education from the comfort and safety of our home.
Physiotherapist, United States
This is a great refreshing course, thank you!