Teaching period

1st semester

 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the semester, the students should be able to:

  • Treat patients, escorts and coworkers within the Ethical Code of the profession,
  • Know their obligations and rights as physiotherapists,
  • Set realistic goals concerning their professional occupation.

 

Teaching methods

  • Suggestions and lectures by the teaching professor,
  • Presentation – Discussion of cases personally experienced by the students,
  • Lectures by specialized professionals (i.e. Representative from the Greek Union of Physiotherapists etc)

 

Week by week schedule

Ethics - Introduction to Physiotherapy is summarised in 30 teaching hours, organised in 15 2-hour sessions, in which student attendance is mandatory.

 

WeekUnit

1

What is physiotherapy? A physiotherapist's methods and means. Diseases and injuries treated with physiotherapy

2

Lessons, Programme and Goals of Physiotherapy Department

3

Potentials for Postgraduate studies in Greece and abroad. Seminars, Conferences,  Meetings.

4

Legal and Institutional Framework in Physiotherapy. Greek Society of Physiotherapists - Code of Conduct. Hippocratic Oath

5

Our relationship with the patient. How to approach the patient. How to establish a relationship of trust

6

"Difficult" patients. How to obtain their cooperation. Is Paternalism the answer?

7

Finally, can we "cure" everyone? If not, how do we handle it?

8

Our relationship with colleagues, but also with doctors and other health professionals. Cooperation or Competition?

9

Alternative treatments.  Chiropractics, Charlatans etc. What threatens the field. How can we protect it?

10

Where and how can I get assigned in the public sector?

11

What is required to start on a physiotherapy clinic?

12-15

Case presentations by students submitted to physiotherapy. The problem, diagnosis, referral to physiotherapy, means and techniques used by colleagues, results. What satisfied them, what disappointed them, what would they avoid as future physiotherapists?

 

Textbooks/reference material

In English

  1. Benjamin B.E., Sohnen-Moe C. (2003). The Ethics of Touch: The Hands-on Practitioner’s Guide to Creating a Professional, Safe and Enduring Practice. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  2. Jonsen A., Siegler M., Winslade W. (2006). Clinical Ethics: A Practical Approach to Ethical Decisions in Clinical Medicine. 6th ed. McGraw Hill Medical
  3. Judson K., Harrison C. (2009). Law & Ethics for Medical Careers. 5th ed. Career Education

 

In Greek

  1. Κώδικας Δεοντολογίας του Πανελληνίου Συλλόγου Φυσικοθεραπευτών (Greek Society of Physiotherapists’ Code of Conduct)
  2. Πουλής Ι. (2002) Δεοντολογία – Εισαγωγή στη Φυσικοθεραπεία. ΣημειώσειςΤΕΙΛαμίας (Ethics – Introduction to Physiotherapy)

 

Assessment

Assessment of Ethics – Introduction to Physiotherapy takes place in the end of the semester and has 2 examination periods. In case somebody fails in the 1st exam, they may take the 2nd. If they fail twice, they have to attend the module/subject again. The examination students take is consisted of open and closed type questions. Students have to achieve a result 5 out of 10 or higher to consider the subject passed. The examination’s duration is 2 hours. After passing the subject, the students are awarded with 3 ECTS credits.



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