Ethics and discharge planning

Course Overview

Ethics and Discharge Planning

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 ethical conflicts which may arise in the MDT around discharge planning.
  2. Give suggestions for reducing ethical conflict.
  3. Discuss education in ethics and how this may improve moral certainty.




Atwal, A. and Caldwell, K. (2003), Ethics, occupational therapy and discharge planning: Four broken principles. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 50: 244-251.


Summary of the article

This article defines the four basic principles of ethical conduct and discusses how these come into play in discharge planning with particular reference to occupational therapists. It discusses the results of a case study carried out with occupational therapists using the non-participant observation and critical incident approaches to explore whether or not OTs demonstrated ethical behaviour in their role in discharge planning.