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If the patient/client has been referred to the physical therapist by a medical or other practitioner and the treatment programme prescribed is not appropriate in the judgement of the physical therapist, then the physical therapist should consult with the referring practitioner.
Physical therapists will have a full understanding of the laws and regulations governing the practice of physical therapy.
They have the right to refuse to intervene/treat or otherwise intervene when, in their opinion, the service is not in the best interests of the patient/client.
Physical therapists have the right to advocate for patient’s/client’s access to physical therapist services when, in their opinion, there is restricted access to those who have the capacity to benefit.
Physical therapists accept responsibility for the exercise of sound judgement.
When the goals have been achieved or further benefits can no longer be obtained, the physical therapist shall inform and discharge the patient/client.