ExpiresAugust 31, 2021
Massachusetts Medical Society
End-of-life care is fraught with ethical challenges for patients, families, and physicians. Physicians who care for patients at the end of life need to be familiar with the ethical frameworks commonly used to work through these challenges.
In this module, we describe the principle-based approach to medical ethics as well as the complementary frameworks. We also explain core ethical concepts specific to decision-making at the end of life and highlight special considerations in the care of patients from marginalized groups.
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ABMS MOC Part II CME Activity
Allergy and Immunology
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Psychiatry and Neurology
NOTE: If a Member Board has not deemed this activity for MOC approval as an accredited CME activity, this activity may count toward an ABMS Member Board’s general CME requirement. Please refer directly to your Member Board’s MOC Part II Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment Program Requirements.
Recognize how an inadequate understanding of the patient and family experience may cause physicians to miss important ethical obligations.
Apply the four principles of biomedical ethics most commonly used to identify ethical obligations and help resolve ethical dilemmas in health care.
Identify limitations of the principle-based approach to medical ethics and recognize situations in which principles alone miss some ethical obligations.
Apply complementary methods of ethical analysis, including narrative-based, case-based, and virtue-based ethics.
Develop strategies to empower patients and families from marginalized groups to actively participate in end of life decision-making.
End-of-Life Care; Ethics, Patient-centered care, Palliative care
Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Patient Care & Procedural Skills, Professionalism
CME Credit Type
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
Inpatient, Outpatient, Rural, Urban