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Code Of Ethics
UKRAINIAN ASSOCIATION
OF PHYSICAL THERAPY

Ethical Principles

Introductory statement


Code of Ethics of members Association - is a document that declares principles, which are to be implemented in the field of physical rehabilitation to increase potential and opportunities for personal growth and development of skills for people with disabilities and meet their needs.
 
Code of Ethics of members Association identifies ethical principles for carrying out professional and management activities and establishing interaction with clients (patients). The document provides advice on different ways of solving problems, dealing with ethical issues and making appropriate professional decisions.

The draft of the Code of Ethics of members Association was developed on the basis of the international ethical principles and standards of physical therapy practice, defined at the general meeting of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT).

1. Members Association respect the rights and dignity of all individuals

1.1. All persons who seek the services of physical therapists have the right to service regardless of age, gender, race, nationality, religion or political beliefs;
1.2. Client (patient) has the right to respect of their cultural values;
1.3. Client (patient) has the right to privacy;
1.4. Client (patient) has the right to confidentiality;
1.5. Client (patient) has the right to adequate information, sufficient for informed consent or refusal;
1.6. Client (patient) has the right to be protected from excessive provision of services;
1.7. Client (patient) has the right to be referred to other qualified professionals;
1.8. Client (patient) has the right to make personal decisions and choices, including:
  • Participation in the selection of services;
  • Alternative services;
  • Refusal of services.
1.9. Client (patient) has the right to file a complaint and receive a response to his/her complaint;
1.10. Members Association demonstrate professional behaviour that excludes sexual misconduct;
1.11. Members Association have the right to expect co-operation from their colleagues;
1.12. Members Association shall comply with the legislation of Ukraine when dealing with suppliers, manufacturers and other agents.

2. Members Association comply with the laws and regulations governing the practice of specialists of physical rehabilitation in the country in which they practice

2.1. Members Association have a full understanding of the laws and regulations governing the practice of specialists of physical rehabilitation, recognizing that unawareness is not an excuse for their violation;
2.2. Members Association have the right to refuse to treat or otherwise intervene when in their opinion the service is not in the best interests of the client (patient).

3. Members Association accept responsibility for the exercise of sound judgement

3.1. Members Association have the right to professional independence and autonomy;
3.2. Members Association make independent judgements in the provision of services fro which they have knowledge and skills and for which they can be held accountable;
3.3. For each client (patient), accepted for service, members Association undertake appropriate examination/evaluation to allow the development of a diagnosis.  
3.4. In light of the diagnosis and other relevant information about the client (patient), especially the intervention goals, members Association plan and implement the rehabilitation program (individual rehabilitation program);
3.5. When the goals have been achieved or further benefits can no longer be obtained, the members Association shall inform the client (patient);
3.6. When the diagnosis is not clear or the required rehabilitation intervention/treatment (individual rehabilitation program) is beyond the capacity of the members Association, he/she must inform the client (patient) and provide assistance to facilitate referral to other qualified persons;
3.7. Members Association shall not delegate any activity that requires unique skills, knowledge and judgments of the specialist of physical rehabilitation;
3.8. If the treatment program (individual rehabilitation program) or a continuation of the program determined by the referring medical practitioner, is not in accord with the judgement of the members Association, he/she shall consult with the medical practitioner in order to:
  • compile an appropriate plan of rehabilitation activities;
  • offer referral to another qualified professional, whose services will be in the best interests of the client (patient).
4. Members Association provide honest, competent and accountable professional services

4.1. Members Association ensure that the client (patient) understands the nature of the service being provided, especially the anticipated costs, both time and financial;  
4.2. Members Association undertake a continuous, planned, personal development program designed to maintain and enhance professional knowledge and skills;
4.3. Members Association maintain adequate records to allow for the effective evaluation of their services and practice;  
4.4. Members Association do not disclose any information about a client (patient) to a third party without the client's (patient's) permission, unless such disclosure is required by law;
4.5. Members Association participate in peer review and other forms of practice evaluation, the results of which shall not be disclosed to another party without the permission of the members Association;
4.6. Members Association shall maintain adequate data to facilitate service performance measurement and shall make that data available to other agents as required by mutual agreement;  
4.7. The ethical principles governing the practice of members Association shall take precedence over any business or employment practice, where such conflict arises the specialist of physical rehabilitation shall attempt to rectify the matter, seeking the assistance of the Ukrainian Association of Physical Therapy;
4.8. Members Association should use the technology only in cases where its application is effective to achieve the objectives of rehabilitation;
4.9. Members Association who knowingly allow abuse of their services, must take responsibility for it.

5. Members Association are committed to providing high quality services to their clients (patients) according to quality standards and objectives defined by the Association of Specialists of Physical Rehabilitation

5.1. Members Association shall be aware of the currently accepted standards of practice and undertake activities which measure their conformity;
5.2. Members Association shall participate in ongoing education to enhance their basic knowledge and to gain new knowledge;
5.3. Members Association shall support research that contributes to improved client (patient) services;
5.4. Members Association shall support quality education in academic and clinical settings;  
5.5. Members Association engaged in research shall abide by the current rules and polices applying to the conduct of research on human subjects shall insure:
  • the consent of individuals involved in the study;
  • confidentiality of the individuals involved in the study;
  • safety and well-being of the individuals involved in the study;
  • absence of fraud and plagiarism;
  • full disclosure of support;
  • appropriate acknowledgement of assistance;
  • that any breaches of the rules and violations are reported to the appropriate authorities.
5.6. Members Association shall share the results of their research freely, publishing them (according to existing requirements) in journals, booklets etc., and reporting at conferences;
5.7. Members Association in the role of employer shall:
  • ensure that all employees are properly and duly qualified;
  • apply current management principles and practices to the conduct of the service, with particular attention to appropriate standards of personnel management.

6. Members Association have the right to a just and fair level of remuneration for their services

6.1. Members Association should ensure payment for the services;
6.2. Members Association should not apply undue intervention to their own benefit.

7. Members Association provide accurate information to clients (patients), other agencies and the community about physical rehabilitation and the services provided by specialists of physical rehabilitation

7.1. Members Association shall participate in public education programs, providing information about the profession;
7.2. Members Association have a duty to inform the public and other referring professionals truthfully about the nature of their services, so individuals are more able to make a decision about the use of the service;
7.3. Members Association may advertise their services and provide public with information on their activities, contributing to potential choice of their services by the clients (patents), but they must not use or engage in false, unfair or emotional affirmation or statement;
7.4. Members Association shall claim only those titles which correctly describe their professional status.

8. Members Association contribute to the planning and development of services which address the health needs of the community

8.1. Members Association have a duty and an obligation to participate in planning services designed to provide optimum community health services;
8.2. Members Association are obliged to work toward achieving justice in the provision of health services for all people.