Introduction

Dear Physical Therapist!

You are invited to complete an online survey for a research study.

What is the aim of this study?

The aim of the study is to understand the type and frequency of ethical situations encountered by physical therapists (physiotherapists) internationally.

What is required for participating?

You need to be a physical therapist or a physical therapy student. The survey is online and will take you about 20 minutes to complete. Most of the survey questions are answered by ticking boxes that apply. The survey is in English. If you are unsure about your English ability, the survey can be completed using a dictionary.

Participation in the survey is voluntary and anonymous. The survey will be available until the 31st of May 2019. You are free to withdraw from the study at any time by exiting the survey. Your choice to withdraw will not affect your relationship with the researchers or the institutions involved in the research, now or in the future, e.g. in case you have been invited personally to participate. Please note, however, that once you submit your survey we will be unable to remove your responses as it will be impossible to identify your individual data.

What are the risks and benefits of participating?

It is not anticipated that there are any risks from participating in this study beyond those you meet during everyday life.

The possible benefits of participating in this research are helping the physical therapy profession internationally to provide relevant support and education for the ethical practice of physical therapists and having your own personal time to reflect on your ethical practice.

All collected information will be anonymous. There will be no way of knowing who has responded to the survey and what their individual responses were. All data used in publication or presentations will be presented as aggregated scores, meaning that no one person's scores will be identifiable.

Which regulations are governing this research?

The researchers are physiotherapists who abide by the World Confederation for Physical Therapy's (WCPT) Policy Statement: Ethical responsibilities of Physical Therapists. All researchers are acting in accordance with their national profession’s code of conduct and the national laws of their country. The venue for each researcher is their national location of work.

This study has been approved by the University of South Australia's Human Research Ethics Committee (ID201295) and the Institute of Ethics and Right in Medicine of the University of Vienna (ID2/2018 IERM/Dr. Stefan Dinges).

If you have any ethical concerns about this study or questions about your rights as a participant, or should you or a third party wish to lodge a complaint about either the study or the way it is being conducted, please contact the Executive Officer of the University of South Australia’s Human Research Ethics Committee on +61 883023118 OR via email humanethics@unisa.edu.au

What will happen with the data and the study results?

The researcher will take every care to remove any identifying material from the responses you provide as early as possible. Likewise, individuals' responses will be kept confidential by the researcher and participants will not be identified in the reporting of the research. No information which could lead to the identification of any individual will be released, unless as required by law. However, the researcher cannot guarantee the confidentiality or anonymity of material transferred by email or the internet.

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