APTA Core Values

Professionalism In Physical Therapy


Core Values Definition
Accountability Accountability is the active acceptance of the responsibility for the diverse roles, obligations, and actions of the physical therapist including self regulation and other behaviors that positively influence patient/client outcomes, the profession and the health needs of society.
Altruism Altruism is the primary regard for or devotion to the interest of patients/clients, thus assuming the fiduciary responsibility of placing the needs of the patient/client ahead of the physical therapist’s self interest.
Compassion / Caring Compassion is the desire to identify with or sense something of another’s experience; a precursor of caring. Caring is the concern, empathy, and consideration for the needs and values of others.
Excellence Excellence is physical therapy practice that consistently uses current knowledge and theory while understanding personal limits, integrates judgement and the patient/client perspective, embraces advancement, challenges mediocrity, and words toward development of new knowledge.
Integrity Integrity is steadfast adherence to high ethical principles or professional standards; truthfulness, fairness, doing what you say you will do, and “speaking forth” about why you do what you do.
Professional Duty Professional duty is the commitment to meeting one’s obligations to provide effective physical therapy services to patients/clients, to serve the profession, and to positively influence the health of society.
Social Responsibility Social responsibility is the promotion of a mutual trust between the profession and the larger public that necessitates responding to societal needs for health and wellness.