The process of making a decision should go as follows:

  • Define the dilemma, identify two to three potential solutions, analyze each solution in regard to ethics, legality, social impact and personal ramifications, select a course of action, implement a choice and finally reflect on the process as a whole.

In order to evaluate the solutions ethically, it is important to be aware of the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics:

1. beneficence: concern for well-being, fair and equitable services without regard to discriminating factors, fair and reasonable fees for services, advocate for clients

2. non-maleficence: cause no harm, appropriate relationships, no personal harm or harm of property

3. autonomy, privacy, confidentiality: respect client and their rights, communicate with client for goals and priorities, explain treatment, outcomes, risks, obtain consent, accept rights to refuse services, protect all forms of written, verbal, electronic communication

4. duties: adhere to high standards of competence, national and state credentials, interventions should coincide with standards of practice, continuing education, provide appropriate supervision, collaborate with other professionals

5. justice: comply with laws and policies guiding occupational therapy, become away of policies and laws state by state, abide by the Code of Ethics, document accurately and timely

6. veracity: provide accurate information about credentials, qualifications, education, experience, training, and competence, disclose information that may pose as a conflict of interest

7. fidelity: treat other professionals with fairness, discretion, and integrity, expose, correct, prevent any breaches of the Code of Ethics

If, as a student, you suspect a breach in the Code of Ethics by another professional your options include:

  • talk to your supervisor! talk to the professional, talk to any team member you feel comfortable with, report to Human Resources

American occupational therapy association. (2000).  The american occupational therapy association. Retrieved November 11, 2013, from
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