Date of Completion


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Speech Language Pathology


clinical practice, ethical issues, ethical decision-making


The general objective of this study is to identify the strategies in resolving ethical dilemmas in clinical practice according to DLSMHSI SLP clinicians. Due to lack of research regarding dealing with ethical issues in the rehabilitation setting, a qualitative phenomenological research design was utilized. Additionally, phenomenological research was chosen as it emphasizes the importance of an individual’s personal perspective and interpretation of a phenomenon (Lester, 1999). The data gathering was divided into three phases: (1) construction of the survey questionnaire, (2) selection of participants, dissemination of ICF, data collection and (3) interpretation, analysis, and storing of data. A qualitative survey questionnaire was constructed by the researchers following the studies of Flatley et al. (2014) and Kenny et al. (2009, 2015) and validated by an expert in the field of ethics in SLP. The target participants were selected by convenience sampling and respect to the inclusion and exclusion criteria. A total of four (4) SLPs were able to complete the survey, wherein their responses were analyzed using an inductive thematic analysis (Braun & Clarke, 2006). Results show that the typical ethical dilemmas in SLP clinical practice is regarding the quality of therapy services provided by colleagues. Subsequently, the bioethical principles (Beauchamp & Childress, 2008) and existing approaches (i.e. Kenny et al., 2010) appear to have helped SLP clinicians in solving ethical dilemmas they have encountered and regarding client management issues. Lastly, the researchers identified varying factors that the participants considered in deriving an ethical decision. In spite of the methodological limitations, the findings of this study are still deemed helpful in providing a better understanding of the ethical dillema’s SLP clinicians in the Philippines struggle with and the strategies SLP clinicians in the Philippines use and the factors that were associated in their decision making.

First Advisor

Cryslee Austin T. Villanueva, CSP-PASP