Ethical Principles and Values
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.
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 intrapersonally. Within our interdisciplinary team or the institution we are working in, on an interprofessional 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.
Section 1: Personal Moral Viewpoint
Section 2: Ethical Principles
Section 3: Humans Rights
Section 5: Final Tasks
Course aimsThis 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.
Hours of learning
Completing this course will involve approximately 3 hours of learning activities. These can be completed on a participant’s own schedule.
No deadlines are applied and this course can be started and completed according to your own schedule. We expect the required elements of the course 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.
It’s not going to be easy, we’ll expect you to work hard for your completion certificate and Physioplus points! You won’t be sitting back and watching webinars, we’ll expect you to reading tasks, complete quizzes, perform literature searches and other learning activities. You’ll need to reflect on your own experiences and contribute them to the discussion forum, this is where we can learn from each other’s experiences and knowledge from all around the world, the more we all engage the more we all learn!
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.
Types of activitiesReading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
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.
Requirements to complete this course
In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate you will need to:
- Be part of the Physiopedia Plus Community Culture.
- Log as completed all the required learning activities (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.