Discrimination Within Private Physical Therapy Practices

1354 Words Nov 11th, 2014 6 Pages
Discrimination refers to the unequal treatment of persons based on characteristics that are illegitimate for or irrelevant to the outcome in question. I believe that discrimination within privately owned physical therapy practices occurs often. The goal on gender equality and impact of gender discrimination varies from country to country, depending on the social, cultural and economic context. Anti-discrimination laws have performed a critical role in expanding work place opportunities for women, yet they are still denied full equality in the workplace.
Physical therapists are bound by a set of code of ethics determined by the House of Delegates of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). It’s a set of 8 principles holding the purpose of providing good behavior and performance as well as guidance for physical therapists in facing ethical challenges. The ethical principle related to discrimination can be seen in principle number one, which states that “Physical therapists shall respect the inherent dignity and rights of all individuals” and a subset of this principle states “Physical therapists shall recognize their personal biases and shall not discriminate against others in physical therapist practice, consultation, education, research and administration”. This sort of discrimination can take a toll on the physical, mental and emotional well-being of employees rendering them unable to fulfill their duties and reach their goals. A very common term is used to…
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