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Illinois Occupational Therapy Professional Conduct

Patient Rights

OT/OTAs should act to prevent and eliminate discrimination against any person or group on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, political belief, mental or physical handicap, or any other preference or personal characteristic, condition or status.

OTs/OTAs shall avoid those relationships or activities that interfere with professional judgment and objectivity. OTs/OTAs shall not have relationships that exploit the recipient of services sexually, physically, emotionally, financially, socially or in any other manner.

OTs/OTAs shall strive to ensure that fees are fair, reasonable and commensurate with the service performed and are set with due regard for the service recipient's ability to pay.

OTs/OTAs shall collaborate with service recipients or their surrogates in determining goals and priorities throughout the intervention process.

OTs/OTAs shall fully inform the service recipients of the nature, risks and potential outcomes of any interventions.

OTs/OTAs shall obtain informed consent from subjects involved in research activities indicating they have been fully advised of the potential risks and outcomes.

OTs/OTAs shall respect the individual's right to refuse professional services or involvement in research or educational activities.

OTs/OTAs shall protect the confidential nature of information gained from educational, practice and research activities.

Standards of Competence

OTs/OTAs shall take responsibility for maintaining competence by participating in professional development and educational activities.

OTs/OTAs shall perform their duties on the basis of accurate and current information.

OTs/OTAs shall protect service recipients by ensuring that duties assumed by or assigned to other occupational therapy personnel are commensurate with their qualifications and experience.

OTs/OTAs shall provide appropriate supervision to consult with other service providers when additional knowledge and expertise are required.

OTs/OTAs shall refer recipients to other service providers or consult with other service providers when additional knowledge and expertise are required.

Compliance with Laws and Regulations

OTs/OTAs shall understand and abide by local, State and federal laws and institutional rules.

OTs/OTAs shall require those they supervise in occupational therapy activities to adhere to the professional conduct rules established in this Part.

OTs/OTAs shall accurately record and report all information related to professional activities.

Accurate Information about Services

OTs/OTAs shall accurately represent their qualifications, education, experience, training and competence.

OTs/OTAs shall disclose to recipients any affiliations that may pose a conflict of interest.

OTs/OTAs shall refrain from using or participating in the use of any form of communication that contains false, fraudulent, deceptive, or unfair statements or claims.

Treatment of other Colleagues and Professionals

OTs/OTAs shall safeguard confidential information about colleagues and staff.

OTs/OTAs shall accurately represent the qualifications, views, contributions and findings of colleagues.


68 Ill. Admin. Code §1315.165 


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