Integrity and wrong doing (whistle blowing)

A whistle-blower is a person who exposes any kind of information or activity that is deemed illegal, unethical, or not correct within an organization that is either private or public According to Jackson d., Peters k., Andrew s., Edenborough m., Halcomb e., Luck l., Salamonson y. & Wilkes l. (2010) whistleblowing is characterised as a …


Meaningful life and death The death of a patient is a harsh reality as a student, it something that hits you when you least expected it and you never really how to deal with it. In most cases we tent to just dismiss it pretend like it didn’t affect us in any way which causes more …


A basic principle learned early in my study career is that a disorder cannot be viewed in terms of its pathological mechanisms alone, but also its psychological and social dimensions. We are taught to treat each patient with dignity, integrity and to the best of our ability. I had encountered a patient referred to physiotherapy …

Meaningful life and Death

Relating this to my clinical experience , looking at my patients laying in hospital beds not fulfilling their purpose in life makes me think that illness takes away their meaning of life which is their purpose in life, goal achievement, happiness, satisfaction of life and fulfillment. Even though they cannot do what they want because …

Research Integrity

Research integrity means refers to the use of honest and verifiable methods in proposing, performing, and evaluating research, reporting research results with particular attention to adherence to rules, regulations, guidelines and following commonly accepted professional codes or norms.(Research intergrity,2013.) Research integrity is guided by for most important key elements which are honesty, rigour, transparency and …

introducing Dom Grande

Hello everybody, I'm a physiotherapist from Switzerland, working 3 days a week in a private practice and going to university 2 days a week to attend a masters course in musculoskeletal physiotherapy. My ethics course motivated me a take part in the conversation of the International Ethics Project. Cheers!

Terminal illness – living with cancer

This is a very interessting topic to talk about. Not just for Cancer Patients but also for all Patients with severe Diseases which will end their lifes after short or longer period of time.
At my last working place i had to deal with some Clients in this field to and I found for me a way to deal with it.
I always asked the Patient what she/he really wants, i told them what we can try and in the end we often did some low level physical therapy but some honest and meaningful talks about illnes, burden, life, sense of life, death, and so on…..

Sometimes they were very thankful for the Physical Therapy but always they where thankful for just beeing treated as a human beeing with respect, honesty and trust

International Ethics Project

Hi there,

It is my first time to talk about this topic. Sometimes I am confronted with cancer patients in my daily physiotherapy pracitce. I think this is one of the most difficult steps or conversations in being a health care worker. Difficult in that way, that saying the right words to the right time is the challenge. These people are emotionally traumatised and have a big capacity of hope. But sometimes in the eyes of the doctor there is no hope at all. According to the 4 principles of ethics, especially the “beneficance” has to be highlighted. I am asking: what is beneficane? Maybe benefincance for the doctor is to aks the patient to do one more chemotherapy (in order to cure), although the patient is not ready for anymore, or not willing to do one more. For me as a physio beneficance for the patient is to life…

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