On the readiness of physical therapists to blow the whistle to protect the patient’s interests Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • ABSTRACT Aim. This article presents a study of physical therapists' readiness to take action to stop misconduct in the workplace in order to protect a patient's interest. Methods. The study distinguishes between an individual's reporting of the misconduct to authorities within an organization and/or to those outside of it. It also distinguishes between a colleague's wrongdoing and that of management. Results. The findings of the study indicate that the participating physical therapists considered acts that are detrimental to the patient to be very serious. In problematic situations such as these, they reported a readiness to act, both internally and externally, in order to stop the misconduct. Conclusion. The physical therapists also said they were more willing to take action when the offending individual was a colleague.(It J Physiotherapy 2012; 2: 128-34)

publication date

  • January 1, 2012