Decision-Making in the Healthcare Setting - PT50

Decision-Making in the Healthcare Setting

When Ethics Are Tested

by Dale Ames Kline, MS, RD, LD and Megan Dennis Baumler, PhD, RD, CD
(4.1 / 1680 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


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

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including dietitians, health educators, and physical therapists.
Physical therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of continuing education for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/18.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 12S1569 for 09/27/12 to 09/27/13, 13S1897 for 09/28/13 to 09/28/14; 14S1730 for 09/29/14 to 09/29/15; 15S2880 for 09/30/15 to 09/30/16; 16S2511 for 10/1/16 to 10/1/17; 17S6334 for 10/2/17 to 10/2/18; 17S6334 for 10/2/17 to 10/2/18), the Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. PE120019061 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12; PE130019102 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; PE140022317 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; PE150024046 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15, CE16-27180 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-539566 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-539566 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18); the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 4447 for 07/16/12 to 07/16/13; 5134 for 07/16/13 to 07/15/14; 5676 for 07/16/14 to 07/15/15; 6223 for 07/16/15 to 07/15/16; 2016-183 for 07/16/16 to 07/15/17; 2017-227 for 07/16/17 to 07/15/18); the Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE003283 for 08/27/12 to 12/31/12, PTCE003881 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14; PTCE006774 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE009934 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18); and the New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 2016-836 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
This course has been approved by the Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 07/10/12 to 07/10/16; 09/10/16 to 09/10/20 and by the Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 07/24/12 to 07/31/14; 08/01/14 to 07/31/16; 08/01/16 to 07/31/18.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-4428 for 08/01/12 to 08/01/13; 437-4949 for 08/01/13 to 08/01/14). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 4/16/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/9/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/9/2019


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.

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I learned information of Kohl’s theory
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Price: $19.00
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