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Ethics and Law in Occupational Therapy Practice

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1. Ethics is concerned with:

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2. An occupational therapist decides to take a rollator walker from the hospital storage closet and quietly give it to a patient who needs the walker in order to safely ambulate. The therapist does not ask the hospital’s permission or ask the patient to pay for the walker because the patient is uninsured and cannot afford to purchase one. The therapist’s motivation to do good by protecting the patient from future harm is an example of which type of ethical theory?

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3. The purpose of a code of ethics is to:

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4. When an occupational therapist refuses to provide treatment based on a client’s sexual orientation, the therapist is violating which Core Value of the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics?

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5. When an occupational therapist insists that a male patient get out of bed and participate in therapy after the patient repeatedly states that he does not feel well and wants to stay in bed, the therapist is violating which Principle of the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics?

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6. A federal law specifically dealing with the rights of patients in regard to private and/or sensitive healthcare information is the:

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7. Which Standard of Conduct upholds the Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics Principle of veracity?

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8. Which sanction for unethical conduct is not publicly reported by the AOTA Ethics Commission?

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9. Rules established by a state board of occupational therapy are examples of:

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10. The goal of state occupational therapy acts is to:

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11. Intentional torts include assault and battery, false imprisonment, invasion of privacy, and:

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12. An occupational therapist (OT) receives an order to evaluate a hospital patient who has just undergone a left hip open reduction internal fixation. The patient’s postoperative precautions are for toe-touch weight bearing (TTWB) only at this time. The occupational therapist is in a hurry and does not complete a chart review prior to initiating the evaluation and assumes that the patient’s weight bearing precautions are “weight bear as tolerated” (WBAT). Having not identified the proper weight-bearing precaution, the OT initiates functional transfer training with WBAT. Two treatment sessions are completed before the therapist realizes the error. On the second afternoon following WBAT functional transfer, the patient begins to complain of severe pain in the operative hip. The therapist’s action is an example of:


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