Ethics Committee Resource List

The CPM Ethics Committee has developed a list of Ethics Resources for our members.  This list includes links to established Ethics education and resource material that the committee has deemed pertinent to physiotherapy practise.   This resource list is reviewed and updated annually by the committee.

Canadian Physiotherapy Association

A code of ethical conduct which sets out the ethical principles governing the conduct of members of the physiotherapy profession in Canada.

General guidelines for ethical behaviour for Canadian Physiotherapists

The March 2017 Submission of the Canadian Physiotherapists Association shoPTalk Blog. It addresses fraud within the profession and the obligation of members to call out this behaviour.


American Physical Therapy Association

Ethics and Professionalism Web Page

Includes the standards for ethics and professionalism for American physiotherapists as well as number of articles and resources for physical therapy specific ethical education and reflection.

Ethics and Professionalism | APTA


Ethics Cases/Scenarios

See the “Case of the Month” list on the bottom right of this website maintained by the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario

Decision Making Guides/Frameworks

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority link to Ethical Decision Guides:

Ethical Decision Guides | Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (

The College of Physiotherapists of Ontario: Ethics E-Learning Module. Very interactive tutorial on ethics in general which includes a description of an ethical decision-making model and a demonstration of how to use the model to determine action in the best interest of patients.

The Realm-Individual Process-Situation (RIPS) model of ethical decision-making – American Physical Therapy Association. The worksheet is a one-page summary of framework that can be used to think about specific scenarios. 

Ottawa Personal Decision Guides for People Making Health or Social Decisions



Link to the Ethics Services webpage of the Winnipeg regional Health Authority.

Website for the Canadian Bioethics Society (CBS). It is a “national, member-driven, registered charity serving as a forum for individuals interested in sharing ideas relating to bioethics.” The CBS “sees bioethics, concerned with ethical issues relating to human life and health, biology, and the environment.”

The Canadian nurses Association webpage “Ethics for Registered Nurses”. It contains the 2017 Code of Ethics for Canadian Registered Nurses as well as e-learning modules.

Link to the Ethics Manual of the World Medical Association.  It is an international organization representing physicians. “The organization was created to ensure the independence of physicians, and to work for the highest possible standards of ethical behaviour and care by physicians, at all times.”  The manual features Principal Features of Medical Ethics as well as chapters addressing ethics for physicians in their relationships with patients, society and their colleagues as well as medical research.

Link to the Bioethics webpage from the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. It contains resources in the form of Articles and Case Studies with questions and expert opinions.


General Ethics

The EthicsWeb is a collection of ethics-related websites, run by philosopher-ethicist Chris MacDonald. The style and function of the various EthicsWeb websites varies, but each strives to present a selected range of high-quality ethics-related resources on a particular topic. Most of the EthicsWeb sites have a Canadian “slant,” but all provide information that will be of interest to international visitors.


Business Ethics

Three short Frameworks for Ethical Decision-Making from the Florida Institute of Technology

A number of interesting Resources, Cases and Videos from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business.

The science of everyday ethics. Made easy, useful, and fun.


Recognizing and Managing Moral Distress


Infographic with strategies for managing the stresses of redeployment:


American Association of Critical Care Nurses


The Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table

This October 2021 submission from the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table provides a current and comprehensive analysis of Burnout from a Canadian perspective and also includes evidence-based interventions. 


US Department of Veteran’s Affairs

An information page with information and management strategies for Health Care workers who have experienced Moral Injury.