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
Content Level: Intermediate
Instructional Method: Online Course — Clinical Vignette & Narrative
Professional Issues: Legal, Legislative, Regulatory, & Reimbursement Issues
Professional Issues: Contemporary Issues and Trends
This course is intended for multiple professions, including occupational therapists and pharmacists.
Occupational therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # FBN 50-1489).
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