FSMTA Annual Report 2011
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FSMTA Policies &
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Patient’s Bill of Rights
The patient has the right to considerate and respectful care.
The patient has the right to obtain, from their therapist, complete, current information concerning their treatment in terms the patient can reasonably be expected to understand.
The patient has the right to receive information to make an informed choice prior to the administering of any treatment.
The patient has the right to refuse any treatment.
The patient has the right to privacy concerning their own wellness/therapeutic treatment program, limited only by state statutes, rules or regulations.
The patient has the right to be advised if the therapist intends to engage in any research or experimentation process while administering therapeutic treatments.
The patient has the right to refuse to participate in research.
The patient has the right to be treated fairly and humanely without consideration of race, gender, social or economic status.
FSMTA Code of Ethics
Honestly represent their education and certification and maintain their professionalism through continuing education
Formulate treatment plans that are beneficial to the client/patient’s health and well-being
Describe their massage therapy treatment and their intended draping procedures to each client/patient
Respect the client/patient’s right to continue, modify or discontinue massage therapy at any time and respect the client/patient’s choice
Recognize the scope of massage therapy and refer to other healthcare professionals when appropriate for the client/patient’s health and well-being
Provide quality care to those who seek professional massage therapy and maintain high standards of professional competence
Maintain honest and accurate records
Maintain a clean, professional environment and high standards of personal hygiene
Never engage in any sexual conduct involving clients/patients
Advertise accurately and with professional integrity
Administer all treatments in a professional manner with respect for the client/patient confidentiality, boundaries, safety, and privacy.
Code of Conduct
Adhere to the FSMTA Constitution, By-laws, Policies & Procedures, Patient’s Bill of Rights,and Code of Ethics
Conduct themselves always in a professional and ethical manner
Treat the client with respect and dignity
Be professional and ethical in all verbal, nonverbal, and written communications
Adhere to all Florida laws, rules and statues governing Massage Therapy
Seek other professional advice when needed
Remain in good standing with the FSMTA and the Florida Board of Massage Therapy
When using the FSMTA logo on business cards, brochures, advertisements, stationary, websites, and other forms of communications with the public, do so only within FSMTA established guidelines and in a professional and ethical manner
Immediately return the FSMTA certificate if it is revoked or suspended
Obey all applicable local, state, and federal laws
Refrain from any behavior that results in illegal, discriminatory, or unethical actions
Accept responsibility for their own actions
Report to the proper authorities any alleged violations of the law by other practitioners
Maintain accurate and truthful records
Report to the FSMTA any criminal convictions regarding him/herself
Protect the client’s identity in all situations unless requested by the client in writing, medically necessary or required by law.
Solicit information only that is relevant to the professional client/therapist relationship
Store and dispose of client files in a secure manner
Practice with honesty, integrity and lawfulness
Provide an environment that is safe and meets Florida legal requirements for health and safety
Accurately and truthfully inform the public of services provided
Represent all professional qualifications accurately and truthfully
Advertise in a professional and ethical manner and in a way that follows all laws and rules set out by the FSMTA and the Florida Board of Massage Therapy
Recognize the patient’s rights and limitations and only practice within those
Do not exploit the relationship with the client for personal gain
Do not engage in any sexual activity with the client
Avoid dual relationships with the client that could impair judgment or harm the client, employees or co-workers.
Respect the client’s freedom of choice in regards to the massage and the right to refuse treatment
Do not practice under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any illegal substances (with the exception of prescribed dosage of prescription medication which does not significantly impair the therapist)
Have the right to refuse therapy to a client who is abusive or under the influence of alcohol, drugs or any illegal substance
Act in a professional and ethical manner at all FSMTA functions
Do not deliberately misrepresent themselves, the facts, or the FSMTA in any way
Respect the boundaries of all other therapists, clients, FSMTA members