Activity ID



September 18, 2023

Format Type


CME Credit



$50 - $65
CME Provider

American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine


This module presents medical ethical principles and their application to clinical situations. Topics include the decision-making process when making ethical decisions, instructive and proxy directives, informed consent and research in hospice and palliative care, and providing guidance around misconceptions about opioids, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, withdrawal of artificial ventilation or nutrition and hydration, and suicide or euthanasia.

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Educational Objectives

Apply a framework to determine the ethically appropriate options when ethical dilemmas are encountered in clinical practice
Describe what clinicians should consider when determining if a patient has decision-making capacity
Identify preferred qualifications of ethically appropriate surrogate decision-makers
Explain what needs to be considered when deciding to withhold medical care on the basis of medical futility, and why this can
be problematic
Provide guidance to patients and families about the risks, benefits, and alternatives to artificial nutrition and hydration
Differentiate between palliative sedation, physician assisted death, and euthanasia
Identify the risk factors for moral distress in challenging clinical situations
Recognize ways to maintain professional boundaries when providing palliative and hospice care


Palliative Care, Hospice, Ethics, Legal


Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Medical Knowledge, Patient Care & Procedural Skills, Professionalism, Systems-based Practice

CME Credit Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Practice Setting

Academic Medicine, Inpatient, Outpatient, Rural, Urban, VA/Military

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