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administrative code section 3 Professional conduct

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Physical Therapy Chapter 700-X-3 Supp. 3/31/02 3-1 ALABAMA BOARD OF PHYSICAL THERAPY ADMINISTRATIVE CODE CHAPTER 700-X-3 PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT TABLE OF CONTENTS 700-X-3-.01 Statement Of Policy 700-X-3-.02 Unbecoming Conduct/Conduct Detrimental To The Best Interest Of The Public Prohibited 700-X-3-.03 Roles And Responsibilities Of Licensees 700-X-3-.04 Advertising 700-X-3-.05 Display Of License 700-X-3-.06 Failure To Comply With Statute, Rule, Or Order 700-X-3-.01 Statement Of Policy . Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants are to respect the rights and dignity of all individuals and are to be guided at all times by concern for the welfare of those patients entrusted to their care. Inherent within this charge of care for a patient is a code of conduct which includes both required and prohibitive actions. Author: Robert L. Shoemake Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975 , §§34-24-193, 34-24-217. History: Filed September 30, 1982. 700-X-3-.02 Unbecoming Conduct/Conduct Detrimental To The Best Interest Of The Public Prohibited . (1) Definition. "Unbecoming Conduct" is defined as incompetent, illegal, unethical, unprofessional, or dishonorable conduct which violates those standards which have become accepted as obligations reasonably necessary for the protection of the public interest and for professional accountability. (2) Certain Conduct Specifically Prohibited. While the statements of conduct apply universally, the application or interpretations are usually based on specific individual circumstances. The determination as to what constitutes unbecoming conduct shall be solely within the judgment of the
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Chapter 700-X-3 Physical Therapy Supp. 3/31/02 3-2 Board of Physical Therapy. The Board finds that and declares that unbecoming conduct shall include, but not be limited to, the following either singularly, in part, or in combination: (a) Willful or grossly negligent failure to comply substantially with provisions of federal, state, or local laws, rules or regulations governing the practice of the profession. (b) Abandoning or neglecting a patient or client under and in need of immediate professional care without making reasonable arrangements for the continuation of such care. (c) Willfully harassing, abusing, or intimidating a patient, co-worker, student, volunteer, or any individual either physically or verbally. (d) Exercising undue influence on the patient or client including the promotion of the sale of services, goods, or appliances in such manner as to exploit the patient or client for the financial gain of the practitioner or of a third party. (e) Restricting the patient's freedom of choice in selecting the source of physical therapy services. (f) Suggesting to a patient referred by one practitioner that the patient seek the services of another practitioner without first consulting the referring practitioner.
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