The Ethics in Practice articles, initiated in January, 2006, are featured regularly in PT in Motion. The Ethics in Practice articles promote PTs/PTAs ability to engage in ethical-decision making. Taking a more modern and interactive approach, these articles cover a broad range of topics. For guidance on ethical decision-making, review the Ethics in Practice articles below, organized by Principles/Standards or use keywords in searching APTA.org.
Additional interpretations of the Code of Ethics for the Physical Therapist and Standard of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant, can be found in the Guide for Professional Conduct and the Guide for Conduct of the Physical Therapist Assistant, prepared by the Ethics and Judicial Committee (EJC). Review the Clarification on Principles and Standards and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for more detailed information.
Under the bylaws of APTA, the Ethics and Judicial Committee (EJC) interprets the ethical principles and standards of the association. Bylaws, Article IX, Section 1(B)(1). The APTA Board of Directors adopted procedures concerning requests to the EJC for issue interpretations relating to ethics. See Procedural Guidelines Concerning Ethics and Judicial Committee Interpretations or Opinions (BOD 03-99-04-09).
The EJC opinions issued prior to the creation of the Ethics in Practice articles are posted below.