Ethics For Occupational Therapists

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 Title of Course: Ethics for Occupational Therapists
 CE Credit: 3 Hours
 Learning Level: Intermediate
 Authors: Bill Asenjo, PhD, CRC & Linda Bagby, OTR

 Abstract:
 Ethical and moral issues pervade our lives, especially in the healthcare arena. Occupational Therapists are frequently
 confronted with a variety of ethical and moral dilemmas, and their decisions can have long-range effects both
 professionally and personally. Why does one decision win out over another? What does the decision process involve?
 How do these decisions impact those involved? This course will address these questions, as well as many of the
 common dilemmas that Occupational Therapists face in daily practice.


 Learning Objectives:
 1.   Recognize causes of ethical dilemmas in the healthcare industry
 2.   Discover the ethical factors that lead individuals to take action
 3.   Identify solutions to bioethical issues and dilemmas
 4.   Recognize models of decision-making processes for solving ethical dilemmas
 5.   Evaluate features of a “Code of Ethics” for healthcare professionals
 6.   List the obligations that an OT must address when faced with an ethical dilemma
 7.   Explain the features of a successful ethics committee




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                             Ethics for Occupational Therapists

Introduction
Ethical and moral issues pervade our lives, especially in the healthcare arena. Healthcare professionals are constantly
confronted with a variety of ethical and moral dilemmas. Their decisions can have long-range effects professionally and
personally -- for healthcare professionals, patients, clients, healthcare entities, and for society as a whole.

Why does one decision win out over another? What does the decision process involve? How do these decisions impact
those involved?

This course will address these questions, as well as many of the common dilemmas that Occupational Therapists face.


Topic 1: Causes of Ethical Dilemmas in the Healthcare Industry
Topic Description: Healthcare professionals, regardless of their role, have a responsibility to make reasoned ethical
decisions. Decisions have far-reaching consequences for all concerned. Upon completing this topic, you will be able to
identify the most common causes of ethical dilemmas in the healthcare industry.

Diversity Issues

                                  Today’s workforce is more diverse then ever before, representing a rainbow of
                                  nationalities, cultures, religions, ages, and levels of education and socioeconomic
                                  status. We enter the workforce with unique backgrounds, values, goals, and
                                  perceptions. Yet members of this increasingly diverse group are expected to work
                                  together in a spirit of cooperation for the good of the organization and the
                                  patient/client.

                                 Cultural diversity can present ethical dilemmas for a healthcare provider when
                                 presenting patients with medical treatment options. In the United States, for example,
                                 emphasis is placed on individualistic rights and therefore the patient holds the ultimate
                                 authority to decide which form of treatment to pursue. However, in many cultures,
health decisions are not made by an individual but by a group: family, community and/or society (Ludwick & Silva).

Socioeconomic Conditions

Rising healthcare costs, increasing numbers of uninsured Americans and growing frustrations among patients and
doctors are the inevitable result of distorted incentives and mechanisms in our current healthcare system. The ethical
dilemmas regarding access to healthcare is compounded by mounting pressure to work harder, faster, and with fewer
resources. As a result, healthcare professionals are often pressured to make compromises and engage in behavior that
others may consider questionable.

Technological Advancements

Healthcare technology now enables us to diagnose and treat illnesses that were lethal not too many years ago. Issues
involving human genetics, patient choice, quality of life, and prolonged life are at the forefront of publicized ethical and
political debates.
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Description: Ethical and moral issues pervade our lives, especially in the healthcare arena. Occupational Therapists are frequently confronted with a variety of ethical and moral dilemmas, and their decisions can have long-range effects both professionally and personally.