Ethics, occupational therapy and discharge planning: four broken principles

Atwal, Anita and Caldwell, Kay (2003) Ethics, occupational therapy and discharge planning: four broken principles. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 50 (4). pp. 244-251. ISSN 0045-0766

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Occupational therapists play a significant role in the discharge process and are often exposed to ethically challenging decision-making. This paper examines the moral basis of discharge planning, relating it to the four fundamental bio-ethical principles of respect for autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice. Using a case study design, data was collected from 10 occupational therapists and two elder care patients using the critical incident approach, as part of a wider study to determine their perceptions of discharge planning and multidisciplinary teamwork. Direct observation of interaction within multidisciplinary teams was also undertaken. The findings from the research suggest that occupational therapists are unintentionally breaching these four principles and therefore their code of ethics and professional conduct. It is suggested that further research is needed to determine how occupational therapists overcome these challenges. Furthermore, this research has important implications for education establishments regarding the teaching of ethics to occupational therapists.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education
Item ID: 2998
Depositing User: Repository team
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2009 15:29
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2018 09:48

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