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APTA is the definitive source for standards of ethics and professionalism in the physical therapy profession.

The standards for ethics and professionalism in physical therapy are established by the following APTA policies:

If you believe that a PT or PTA member of APTA has violated the association's ethical standards, you may file a complaint to APTA's Ethics and Judicial Committee.


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Ethics in Practice Article Collection

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Ethics in Practice articles, part of APTA Magazine, cover a variety of topics that impact your practice and patient care in the area of professional and ethical decision making.

Ethical Decision-Making in Physical Therapist Practice

Jan 1, 2022 / Article

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Additional Ethics and Professionalism Content

When Professional and Personal Life Intersect

May 1, 2022 / Column

On occasion, the lines blur and we may step outside of our professional scope with potential consequences.

Professional Decision Making on the Line

Feb 1, 2021 / Column

Every practice setting has its challenges and special circumstances, but they all share professional expectations and responsibilities.

You Can't Be in Two Places at Once

Nov 1, 2021 / Column

We all try to balance our work and personal lives, but some situations can create ethical risk factors that might result in poor decisions.

Core Values for the Physical Therapist and Physical Therapist Assistant

Sep 20, 2019 / Policies & Bylaws

House position: Outlines how the core values guide the behavior of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants to provide the highest quality of physical therapy services.

Who Is the Judge?

Jul 26, 2021 / Column

The transition from hospital to school-based setting brings up questions of authority.

Unwelcome Notice

Apr 22, 2021 / Column

When conversation causes discomfort in the workplace.

Informed Consent: What PTs Need To Know

Apr 1, 2021 / Column

Understand your legal obligations to your patients.

Costly Comity

Feb 1, 2021 / Column

Sometimes you have to make waves.

A Costly Loan

Nov 25, 2020 / Column

Unilateral action, a dual relationship, and unintended consequences.

The Problem With "Innocent" Meals

Oct 28, 2020 / Column

When a situation feels wrong, in all likelihood it is.