Ethics Surrounding Interprofessional Care

The purpose of this course is to educate participants on the roles and responsibilities of making interprofessional collaborative health care decisions that may be ethical in nature. 

The goals and objectives outlined in the case presentations have been adapted from the Core Competencies for the Interprofessional Collaborative Practice.

Target Audience

This course is designed to meet the needs of multiple health care providers in regards to making ethical decisions in the clinic. However, the primary audience is the physical therapist profession.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Value individuals of other professions to maintain a climate of mutual respect and shared values.
  2. Use the knowledge of one’s own role and those of other professions to appropriately assess and address the health care needs of patients and to promote and advance the health of populations.

  3. Communicate with patients, families, communities, and professionals in health and other fields in a responsive and responsible manner that supports a team approach to the promotion and maintenance of health and the prevention and treatment of disease.
  4. Apply relationship-building values and the principles of team dynamics to perform effectively in different team roles to plan, deliver, and evaluate patient/population centered care and population health programs and policies that are safe, timely, efficient, effective, and equitable.
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Faculty/Planning Committee

Picture of Kristen E. Pecacan, PhD, RN

Kristen E. Pecanac, PhD, RN

Dr. Pecanac is an Assistant Professor at the UW-Madison School of Nursing. Dr. Pecanac’s research explores interactions among health care providers, patients and family members when making decisions related to treatment. Her intent is to identify communicative practices that promote patient and family participation in decision-making and incorporate these practices into an intervention. The ultimate goal of this research is to facilitate engagement in productive conversations that will lead to reduced stress and suffering for patients and their family members.


Katie Brietzman, BSW

Katie is the Associate Director of Programs at South Madison Coalition of the Elderly. She has worked her entire career in the aging network and has experience working in institutional and community settings. She has been at her current agency for over 19 years. Katie divides her time between managing community case managers, providing training and oversight of the Long Term Care Functional Screen and directing a volunteer guardian and representative payee program. She enjoys working with the most vulnerable adults and providing them with the support needed to maintain a level of independence and dignity while living in the community.


Susan E. Schmitt, PT, DPT

Susan Schmitt, PT, DPT graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 1989 with a bachelor’s of science in physical therapy and went on to earn her transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the College of St Scholastica in 2017. Initially, she gained experience through a wide variety of settings within Meriter Hospital (Madison, WI) earning specialty positions in the pediatric follow up clinics and the neurorehabilitation unit. For the past 15 years, she has been a practicing school-based physical therapist and Center Coordinator of Clinical Education for the Madison Metropolitan School District. She is an APTA Credentialed Clinical Instructor with over 25 years of experience working with PT interns.

 Julie Martinelli, BS
 Jessica Carlucci-Jenkins, BA


It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP that the faculty, authors, planners, and other persons who may influence content of this CE activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests* in order to allow CE staff to identify and resolve any potential conflicts of interest. Faculty must also disclose any planned discussions of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during the educational activity. For this educational activity all conflicts of interests have been resolved and detailed disclosures are listed below:

Susan XXX
Kristen E XXX
Katie Brietzman, BSW XXX
Jessica Carlucci-Jenkins, BA has no relevant relationships to disclose in regard to this activity.
Julie Martinelli, BS has no relevant relationships to disclose in regard to this activity.

* The ACCME defines a commercial interest as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use: The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP advises the participant that this continuing medical education activity does NOT contain reference(s) to unlabeled or unapproved uses of drugs or devices

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the University of Wisconsin–Madison Interprofessional Continuing Education Partnership (ICEP) and Public Health Madison & Dane County.  University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.



The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP designates this enduring material for a maximum of xxx AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsPhysicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP designates this enduring material for a maximum of xxx ANCC contact hours. The University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing is Iowa Board of Nursing provider 350. 


The University of Wisconsin–Madison ICEP, as a member of the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), authorizes this program for .xxx continuing education units (CEUs) or xxx hours. 


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