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Ethics and sexual health: Exploration of the ethical code of conduct for physiotherapists concerning sexual health in clinical practice
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, The Jönköping Academy for Improvement of Health and Welfare. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. IMPROVE (Improvement, innovation, and leadership in health and welfare).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7669-4702
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, The Jönköping Academy for Improvement of Health and Welfare. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. IMPROVE (Improvement, innovation, and leadership in health and welfare).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8952-8773
2018 (English)In: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, ISSN 0959-3985, E-ISSN 1532-5040, p. 1-12Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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Physiotherapists have an important role in sexual health, but there are specific ethical considerations regarding sexuality and the practice of physiotherapy which require serious consideration. This article aims to illustrate how the professional ethical code of physiotherapy can serve as a tool for ethical clinical reasoning regarding sexual health in clinical physiotherapy practice. We analyse the ethical codes for physical therapy, in relation to a definition of sexual health and the declaration of sexual rights. The analysis outlines several ethical considerations crucial in dealing with sexual health, while also acknowledging the critical role of cultural context in any ethical analysis. We conclude that physiotherapists need to practise ethical reasoning and that the ethical code of physiotherapy can act as a point of departure for reflection on thought-provoking ethical dilemmas to improve the practice of physiotherapy and support clients’ overall health. 

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Taylor & Francis, 2018. p. 1-12
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Physical therapy, physiotherapy, rehabilitation, sexual well-being, sexuality, article, clinical practice, ethics, human, physiotherapist, physiotherapy practice, sexual health, thinking, wellbeing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-40402DOI: 10.1080/09593985.2018.1470209PubMedID: 29723127Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85046416984OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-40402DiVA, id: diva2:1218856
Available from: 2018-06-15 Created: 2018-06-15 Last updated: 2018-06-18

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