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Code of Ethics

PT/PTA | Code of Ethics

Preamble

The Code of Ethics sets forth ethical principles for the Physical Therapy profession. Members of this profession are responsible for maintaining and promoting ethical practice. This Code of Ethics, adopted by the American Physical Therapy Association, shall be binding on Physical Therapists who are members of the Association.

Principle 1
Physical Therapists respect the rights and dignity of all individuals.

Principle 2
Physical Therapists comply with the laws and regulations governing the practice of physical therapy.

Principle 3
Physical Therapists accept responsibility for the exercise of sound judgment.

Principle 4
Physical Therapists maintain and promote high standards for Physical Therapy practice, education, and research.

Principle 5
Physical Therapists seek remuneration for their services that is deserved and reasonable.

Principle 6
Physical Therapists provide accurate information to the consumer about the profession and about those services they provide.

Principle 7
Physical Therapists accept responsibility to protect the public and the profession from unethical, incompetent, or illegal acts.

Principle 8
Physical Therapists participate in efforts to address the health needs of the public.


Standards of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant

Preamble

Physical Therapist Assistants are responsible for maintaining and promoting high standards of conduct. These Standards of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant shall be binding on Physical Therapist Assistants who are affiliate members of the Association.

Standard 1
Physical Therapist Assistants provide services under the supervision of a Physical Therapist.

Standard 2
Physical Therapist Assistants respect the rights and dignity of all individuals.

Standard 3
Physical Therapist Assistants maintain and promote high standards in the provision of services giving the welfare of the patients their highest regard.

Standard 4
Physical Therapist Assistants provide services within the limits of the law.

Standard 5
Physical Therapist Assistants make those judgments that are commensurate with their qualifications as Physical Therapist Assistants.

Standard 6
Physical Therapist Assistants accept the responsibility to protect the public and the profession from unethical, incompetent, or illegal acts.

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