Ethics in Rehabilitation: A Clinical Perspective

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This textbook provides a unique approach to learning about and dealing with ethical dilemmas in the health care profession. There are over 115 ethical dilemmas included in this text based upon real events and covering a broad range of categories such as billing, documentation, pediatric issues, psychiatric setting, fieldwork, home health care, managed care, long-term care, and much more.

Ethics in Rehabilitation: A Clinical Perspective consists primarily of exercises that are based on events which address current issues in health care today. A very important first chapter will take a look at why ethical dilemmas seem so prevalent today, as well as looking at the changing face of rehabilitation practice. The authors look at where our sense of ethics is developed, how ethics are recognized, strategies on addressing dilemmas, and methods for analyzing them.


A checklist of the most common legal issues occupational therapists face in practice that can be confused with an ethical problem. AOTA and APTA Code of Ethics. Samples of relevant laws. Relevant Medicare regulations. Sample Licensure Laws.

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Barbara L. Kornblau, JD, OT/L, FAOTA, DAAPM, ABDA, CDSM, CCM

Barbara L. Kornblau, JD, OT/L, FAOTA, DAAPM, ABDA, CDSM, CCM, is a professor of occupational therapy and public health at Nova Southeastern University, North Miami Beach, FL. In her private practice, she provides consulting services to business and industry, attorneys, and others. A practicing attorney, she specializes in disability discrimination and related issues. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Miami School of Law, she has published numerous journal articles, book chapters, and other works on the Americans With Disabilities Act, medical-legal issues, ethics, consultation, and work rehabilitation.

Shirley P. Starling, JD, OTR, MHS

Shirley P. Starling, JD, MHS, is an attorney in private practice in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Ms. Starling received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Health Science degrees in occupational therapy at the University of Florida, and her Juris Doctorate degree at Nova Southeastern University. She has 25 years of experience as an occupational therapist in mental health and served on the faculty of the undergraduate program at Florida International University and the graduate program at Nova Southeastern University. She has provided professional and community educational programs on both occupational therapy and legal issues.

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