Activity ID



August 31, 2021

Format Type


CME Credit



CME Provider

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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Educational Objectives

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

Practice Setting

Inpatient, Outpatient, Rural, Urban

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