The Code of Ethics for Alberta physiotherapists spells out the word RESPECT and embodies professional ethical values intended to guide physiotherapists in their interactions with clients, other health practitioners or service providers and the public.

The Code complements universally accepted bio-ethical principles, laws and standards of practice for Alberta physiotherapists that form the basis for accountable practice.

The professional ethical values described in the Code should be considered individually and collectively when addressing ethical situations. Our values are not listed in order of importance. Instead, each should be balanced against the other and considered in relation to relevant principles, laws and standards to determine a course of action that best serves a client’s needs and circumstances.

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Respect

  • Demonstrate regard for client autonomy.
  • Strive to empower client to participate in making informed decisions about their health based on their values and beliefs.
  • Honor client’s right to privacy and confidentiality.
  • Accept decisions made by client about their health.
  • Respect all laws and persons that are involved in and impact physiotherapy care.

Empathy

  • Encourage open communication to identify with and acknowledge client needs.
  • Demonstrate understanding and concern for client’s emotional, physical, and spiritual challenges as they adjust to changes in their health status.
  • Provide services with a caring attitude and compassionate spirit, mindful of all forms of diversity including racial, cultural, sexual, linguistic, socioeconomic, religious, physical and other individual client differences.

Safety

  • Behave in a manner that protects the client, themselves and others with the intent to minimize the risk of harm.

Professionalism

  • Conduct themselves so as to maintain public confidence in the integrity and dignity of the profession.
  • Uphold the profession’s Standards of Practice by maintaining high levels of competence and a lifelong commitment to learning.
  • Utilize their skills to enhance human welfare and the betterment of society.
  • Engage in organizational and business practices that benefit clients and the community.
  • Contribute to improving the awareness, accessibility and quality of physiotherapy services.
  • Support colleagues and help them to maintain high standards of professional practice.
  • Take appropriate action when it is determined that a colleague’s professional practice is not acceptable.

Equity

  • Provide services in a fair manner, recognizing client may have different care needs based on their particular circumstances.
  • Base service decisions on client’s need, recognizing that clients who are disadvantaged (socially, financially, educationally or otherwise) may require additional attention to be treated fairly.

Collaboration

  • Work collaboratively to serve client’s best interests.
  • Involve client as a partner in developing and implementing a care plan that will best suit their needs and circumstances.
  • Understand and respect the role of other health practitioners and service providers while striving to optimize client care.

Trustworthiness

  • Are honest and truthful, so clients and the public have confidence in them as professionals and in the services they provide.
  • Conduct themselves in such a manner as to reflect the highest standard of professional integrity and responsibility.