Tele-Ethics in Telepractice for Communication Disorders In this article, the author provides an overview of tele-ethics, the ethical delivery of clinical services via the Internet and telecommunication technologies, with a focus on communication disorders. Guidance for new and experienced telepractitioners is gleaned from the Code of Ethics of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), ASHA position statements ... Article
Article  |   September 2012
Tele-Ethics in Telepractice for Communication Disorders
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Ellen R. Cohn
    School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Disclosure of Financial Interests: Ellen R. Cohn receives salary support as a co-investigator on the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Telerehabilitation, H133E040012, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education. As part of this grant, she founded and is the current editor of the International Journal of Telerehabilitation. Cohn recently co-edited Telerehabilitation, Springer UK (with S. Kumar), for which she might receive royalties.
    Disclosure of Financial Interests: Ellen R. Cohn receives salary support as a co-investigator on the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Telerehabilitation, H133E040012, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education. As part of this grant, she founded and is the current editor of the International Journal of Telerehabilitation. Cohn recently co-edited Telerehabilitation, Springer UK (with S. Kumar), for which she might receive royalties.×
  • Disclosure of Nonfinancial Interests: Cohn is the Founding/Current Coordinator of ASHA Special Interest Group 18, Telepractice, as well as the immediate past-chair of the American Telemedicine Association's Special Interest Group on Telerehabilitation. She is on the Board of Directors of the American Telemedicine Association.
    Disclosure of Nonfinancial Interests: Cohn is the Founding/Current Coordinator of ASHA Special Interest Group 18, Telepractice, as well as the immediate past-chair of the American Telemedicine Association's Special Interest Group on Telerehabilitation. She is on the Board of Directors of the American Telemedicine Association.×
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Article   |   September 2012
Tele-Ethics in Telepractice for Communication Disorders
SIG 18 Perspectives on Telepractice, September 2012, Vol. 2, 3-15. doi:10.1044/tele2.1.3
SIG 18 Perspectives on Telepractice, September 2012, Vol. 2, 3-15. doi:10.1044/tele2.1.3

In this article, the author provides an overview of tele-ethics, the ethical delivery of clinical services via the Internet and telecommunication technologies, with a focus on communication disorders. Guidance for new and experienced telepractitioners is gleaned from the Code of Ethics of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), ASHA position statements and other documents on telepractice, and other health-care disciplines (e.g., psychology and medicine).

The author gratefully acknowledges the valuable editorial feedback provided by Karen Golding-Kushner, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA-F, Jana Cason, DHS, OTR/L, and reviewers on the SIG 18 Editorial Review Board.
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