My name is Ursula and I’m a student of master of science in physiotherapy in Switzerland who soon will joint a course in research & ethic in Bern, Switzerland. So I’m looking forward to make some first experience on writing blogs. I work part time in an ambulant praxis of a hospital mostly with patient with musculo-skeletal / rheumatoid impairments, patients after sport injuries or who have had operations. Probably, since I worked for several years I faced a lot of ethic questions even without being aware of it that they are ‘ethic’.
Giving the example of a elderly patient with a painful strongly deformed joint (hammer toe), how honest physiotherapists are allowed to be to tell the patients the ‘truth’ on the bases of their experience that massage and regularly exercises probably will only give a small relief, especially when the patient ask only for massage ? How should we communicate this to its bests when physiotherapy has its limits of cure?
I’m looking forward to get from you some point of views.