I have an ethical question about honest communication style:
Given the example of an elderly patient with a painful strongly deformed joint of one toe of her foot who wishes therefore massage/mobilisation. How honest can I be in telling the truth that massage/mobilisation and even exercise will probably not help to reduce the pain because the point of time for therapy is already too late? I am in a dilemma. What shall I do? Making massage even knowing it won’t help or telling her the truth and confront her?
Can I use the principles of the WCPT ethical principles (World Confederation for Physiotherapie) where it says we should provide honest, competent and accountable professional services? Is it about the communication style?
Please post me!
I am very interested what you think about honest communication!