Ethical Issues In Occupational Therapy

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The clients and future clients, personally, want their private information to remain confidential with the therapist they are working with. They require and have the right to have their privacy protected. Economically, current and future clients want to pay for services that remain private between them and their therapist. The rehabilitation director is interested because they do not want a potential lawsuit, to fire an employee, or risk their reputation of managing. Current and future fieldwork students would also be directly or indirectly affected by this ethical problem. Specifically, these students are interested due to the possible risk of repeating the unethical behaviors demonstrated by their supervisors. The legal attorney of the facility is interested due to their desire to protect the rights of the clients within the facility and to avoid lawsuits. The federal government is interested as it wants to ensure rights of patients are protected and laws are being followed by health care professionals.

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