Basic principles of ethics

Hello, guys. I decided to research a little about what the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) says about the basic principles of ethics in our profession of physiotherapists.

Ethical principle 1: Physical therapists respect the rights and dignity of all individuals.

Ethical principle 2: Physical therapists comply with the laws and regulations governing the practice of physical therapy in the country in which they practise.

Ethical principle 3: Physical therapists accept responsibility for the exercise of sound judgement.

Ethical principle 4: Physical therapists provide honest, competent and accountable professional services.

Ethical principle 5: Physical therapists are committed to providing quality services.

Ethical principle 6: Physical therapists are entitled to a just and fair level of remuneration for their services.

Ethical principle 7: Physical therapists provide accurate information to patients/clients, other agencies and the community about physical therapy and about the services physical therapists provide.

Ethical principle 8: Physical therapists contribute to the planning and development of services that address the health needs of the community.

I believe that all of these principles fit in very well with what was covered in the topic of this theme and I suggest that everyone take a look at the full document. It is essential that we students already know about these principles to become good professionals in the future.



4 Replies to “Basic principles of ethics”

  1. Good day.

    Thank you for your post.
    I like that you shared the ethical principles provided by the WCPT, as it is relevant to all of us. Your post gives us the basic ethical guidelines for us as physiotherapy students and professionals. The basic principles of ethics, as your title states, is quite “basic”. I would like for you to provide more depth and insight into the topic and not only list the principles.
    It would be interesting to know if you agree with all these principles. Have you came across any ethical dilemmas in clinical practice?
    What is your opinion on other professionals not behaving ethically and how do you think us as students can deal with these situations?
    Your title is well suited to your post, due to the clarity. In the future I will recommend categorizing your post and it might also be beneficial for the reader if you can add more than one reference and elaborate on these references by giving your own opinion and ideas.
    Keep writing, I look forward to reading your future posts.

    Wihan du Plessis
    BSc Physiotherapy
    UWC IV


    1. Hello.
      Thank you for your comment.
      I agree with the principles put forward. I have not yet had the experience of going through any ethical dilemma. I believe that professionals who do not act ethically, most of the time, are those who end up devaluing the profession (in the case of physiotherapists). We, students, should seek the maximum knowledge on the subject, for when we get into clinical practice (in my case) try to act in the best way possible.
      I really appreciate your feedback!

      Maria Teresa


  2. Hi there,

    Your post is informative and provides interesting information on the principles of ethics. I agree that these principles are necessary and very important in clinical practice as it enhances the quality of our practice.

    I was wondering whether you struggle to apply any one of these principles and why? Do you think there is an area where you can improve on? Also, have you come across any clinical situations that posed an ethical dilemma? How did you react? It is important to link the information we gain from articles, to our real life situations since it gives us better insight as to how we should react in similar situations in the future.

    I also recommend that you give more detailed information in your future posts, since detail helps the reader to understand the message you are trying to convey. Pictures or any other form of graphics would also enhance the quality of your posts.

    Have a wonderful day!



    1. Hi, Lania.
      Thank you so much for your tips and your feedback again! I will try to improve whenever possible.
      It’s very difficult to answer these questions because I have not yet had clinical experience. Unfortunately I know I still get a lot in theory, for lack of knowing about practice = /
      Could you tell me about some clinical experience of you in which some of these principles came into play and how was it? I think this way I can better understand and try to connect maybe as some personal experience.
      Have a nice week!

      Maria Teresa


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