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Code of Ethics Update and Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Requirement

Tuesday, November 26, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sarah Keller PT, DPT, IPTA Ethics Committee Chair
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Code of Ethics Update and Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Requirement

By: Sarah Keller PT, DPT, IPTA Ethics Committee Chair

As we approach the busy holiday times, I doubt many of you are spending your extra time to review the APTA Code of Ethics and the APTA Standards of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant.  But - after the 2019 House of Delegates there were some slight changes to the Code and Standards that we want to make sure you are aware of.

The following changes to Principle 4 and Standard 4 were made to align the Code of Ethics and Standards of Ethical Conduct with other APTA policies related to the reporting of unethical acts, abuse, and harassment.  In addition, research participants were added to the groups discussed in Standard 4 of the Standards of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant, it was already present in the APTA Code of Ethics.

APTA Code of Ethics for the Physical Therapist - Principle 4

Principle #4: Physical therapists shall demonstrate integrity in their relationships with patients and clients, families, colleagues, students, research participants, other health care providers, employers, payers, and the public.

4E. Physical therapists shall discourage misconduct by physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and other health care professionals and, when appropriate, report illegal or unethical acts, including verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual harassment, to an appropriate authority with jurisdiction over the conduct.

4F. Physical therapists shall report suspected cases of abuse involving children or vulnerable adults to the appropriate authority, subject to law.

APTA Standards of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant- Standard 4

Standard #4: Physical therapist assistants shall demonstrate integrity in their relationships with patients and clients, families, colleagues, students, research participants, other health care providers, employers, payers, and the public.

4E. Physical therapist assistants shall discourage misconduct by physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and other health care professionals and, when appropriate, report illegal or unethical acts, including verbal, physical, emotional, or sexual harassment, to an appropriate authority with jurisdiction over the conduct.

4F. Physical therapist assistants shall report suspected cases of abuse involving children or vulnerable adults to the appropriate authority, subject to law.

The newly updated APTA Code of Ethics for the Physical Therapist and the APTA Standards of Ethical Conduct for the Physical Therapist Assistant can be found at https://www.apta.org/Ethics/Core/

A new law passed earlier this year will require sexual harassment prevention training for all persons who hold a professional license issued by the Division of Professional Regulation (DPR) – this includes PT and PTAs.  This did not cause an increase in the number of hours required but is to be a topic for 1 hour of your currently required hours.  It will be required for all licenses up for renewal starting in 2020. Learn more...

The IPTA Ethics Committee will be creating a one hour CE early 2020 for members.

11/26/19


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