Practice Guidelines

Ethics Considerations

Part 29 of the Rules of the Board of Regents define "unprofessional conduct."

Speech-language pathologists and audiologists will refrain from:

  • Undue influence of patients/clients in regard to products, services, goods, appliances or drugs
  • Accepting or soliciting fees for referral
  • Questionable moral practices
  • False reporting of services
  • Withholding patient/client records from the client
  • Violating patient/client confidentiality
  • Performing duties outside their legal scope of practice/competence
  • Delegating professional responsibilities to others who are not qualified to perform such services
  • False or deceptive advertising
  • Engaging in practice without patient/client consent
  • Withholding services from individuals in need of immediate care
  • Harassing, abusing or intimidating patients/clients
  • Failing to maintain or retain adequate patient records for at least 6 years
  • Using the title "doctor," when practicing, without identifying the profession in which the degree was granted
  • Failing to provide necessary supervision when supervision is indicated
  • Guaranteeing satisfaction or cure
  • Ordering unwarranted tests or treatments

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Last Updated: May 21, 2012