Confused, insecure, unsure — many healthcare practitioners feel this way when they must make difficult decisions about their patients’ care. Ethical decision-making is sometimes a daunting reality, one that requires an understanding of how to apply moral and ethical principles in practical and serious situations. Basic models of ethical approaches exist, yet curricula for the allied health professions typically do not include them as part of a healthcare-based education. Healthcare practitioners therefore may not know about these ethical models and how they can be used to resolve bioethical dilemmas in a systematic and purposeful manner. This course covers the four principles of bioethics, as well as models that can serve as tools when justifying difficult decisions.
The goal of this ethics and decision-making continuing education program is to provide dietitians, pharmacists, health educators, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists and radiologic technologists with information on moral and ethical decision-making. After studying the material presented here, you will be better able to:
- Define the concept of moral or ethical decision-making
- Explain the theory of moral judgment development, including its stages and criticisms thereof, and identify which stage of moral judgment development a practitioner is exhibiting based on a response to an ethical dilemma
- Describe the four principles of bioethical decision-making and, given a hypothetical scenario, identify what is at stake for each principle
- Discuss how critical thinking and dilemma discussion can affect moral development
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, health educators, and physical therapists.
Health educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.
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Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.
Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.