Ethics in the practice of speech-language pathology in health care settings

Ann W. Kummer, Jan Turner

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Ethics refers to a moral philosophy or a set of moral principles that determine appropriate behavior in a society. Medical ethics includes a set of specific values that are considered in determining appropriate conduct in the practice of medicine or health care. Because the practice of medicine and medical speech-language pathology affects the health, well-being, and quality of life of individuals served, adherence to a code of ethical conduct is critically important in the health care environment. When ethical dilemmas arise, consultation with a bioethics committee can be helpful in determining the best course of action. This article will help to define medical ethics and to discuss the six basic values that are commonly considered in discussions of medical ethics. Common ethical mistakes in the practice of speech-language pathology will be described. Finally, the value of a bioethics consultation for help in resolving complex ethical issues will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)330-337
Number of pages8
JournalSeminars in Speech and Language
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 12 2011


  • Ethics
  • code of ethics
  • medical ethics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • LPN and LVN
  • Speech and Hearing


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