Ethical Issues in Private Practice

Course Overview

3 CEUs.

Purchase access to the questionnaire on this open access journal article. You will be required to read the article and answer multiple choice questions related to the article (you must get 70% and above to qualify for the 3 CEUs).  

Objectives of this course:

On completion of this CPD activity, the participant will be able to:
  1. Discuss the ethical issues affecting therapists working in private practice.
  2. Identify these issues in their own clinical practice.
  3. Identify approaches to ethical reasoning which may assist them in resolving these ethical issues and upholding good patient care and proper professional conduct in the private practice setting and beyond.




Hudon, A., Drolet, M. J., & Williams-Jones, B. (2015). Ethical issues raised by private practice physiotherapy are more diverse than first meets the eye: recommendations from a literature review. Physiotherapy Canada. Physiotherapie Canada67(2), 124–132.


Summary of the article

This article explores the literature on ethical issues facing physiotherapists in private practice. They are classified into three categories:

  1. Business and economic issues (conflicts of interest, inequity in a managed care context, lack of time affecting quality of care)
  2. Professional issues (professional autonomy, clinical judgement, treatment effectiveness, professional conduct)
  3. Patient’s rights and welfare issues (confidentiality, power asymmetries, paternalism vs. patient autonomy, informed consent)


The article then presents literature on the recommendations that should be followed in addressing these ethical issues in practice.

This article provides an excellent summary of issues that arise in private practice settings in general. And while the article is about physiotherapy experiences specifically – its findings are so relevant and useful for all allied health care professionals working in private practice.