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 Canada, 67(2), 124–132. https://doi.org/10.3138/ptc.2014-10
Summary of the article
This article explores the literature on ethical issues facing physiotherapists in private practice. They are classified into three categories:
- Business and economic issues (conflicts of interest, inequity in a managed care context, lack of time affecting quality of care)
- Professional issues (professional autonomy, clinical judgement, treatment effectiveness, professional conduct)
- 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.