The rehabilitation ethic and ethics

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Ethical issues and values play an integral role in decisions made by both rehabilitation staff and patients. While patient refusal of treatment draws significant attention, staff decisions on admission and termination of rehabilitation treatment are equally fraught with ethical issues. An evolving set of ethical models are presented to illuminate key issues and provide guidance in approaching these decisions. A Deliberative Model is offered as an alternative for preventing and resolving ethical dilemmas. The Deliberative Model redefines the rehabilitation process in terms of patients and providers acting in community. Recent observations have reemphasized the importance of empathy and communal interests in facilitating human development. Emphasizing these principles, fundamental to therapeutic relationships, may prove instrumental in resolving ethical dilemmas that arise in rehabilitation Recommendations for training in therapeutic principles and ethical models throughout the psychologist's career are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-17
Number of pages13
JournalRehabilitation Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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