Error and patient safety

Ethical analysis of cases in occupational and physical therapy practice

Linda S. Scheirton, Keli Mu, H. Lohman, T. M. Cochran

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Abstract

Compared to other health care professions such as medicine, nursing and pharmacy, few studies have been conducted to examine the nature of practice errors in occupational and physical therapy. In an ongoing study to determine root causes, typographies and impact of occupational and physical therapy error on patients, focus group interviews have been conducted across the United States. A substantial number of harmful practice errors and/or other patient safety events (deviations or accidents) have been identified. Often these events have had moral dimensions that troubled the therapist involved. In this article, six of these transcribed cases are analyzed, using predominant bioethical theories, ethical principles and professional codes of ethics. The cases and their analyses are intended to be exemplary, improving the readers' ability to discern and critically address similar such events. Several patient safety strategies are suggested that might have prevented the events described in these cases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-311
Number of pages11
JournalMedicine, Healthcare and Philosophy
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2007

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Patient Safety
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Health Occupations
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Nursing
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Interviews
Delivery of Health Care
therapist
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nursing
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  • Philosophy
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Error and patient safety : Ethical analysis of cases in occupational and physical therapy practice. / Scheirton, Linda S.; Mu, Keli; Lohman, H.; Cochran, T. M.

In: Medicine, Healthcare and Philosophy, Vol. 10, No. 3, 09.2007, p. 301-311.

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