Online Education | Geriatric Healthcare 2016 | ADRD Series | Managing Ethical Dilemmas and Moral Distress

Healthcare professionals and caregivers often encounter ethical dilemmas in the care of older patients with cognitive impairment.

How to earn contact hour credit

This course is 1.5 contact hours and includes a lecture video, self-assessment post-test, and evaluation. To earn contact hours, watch the lecture, complete the post-test, and submit the online evaluation. You may take the post-test as many times as needed to achieve the required score of 80%.

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Target Audience

This course is designed for nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, physician assistants, physical and occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers, pharmacists, long term care workers, residential care coordinators, caregivers and other interested professionals.

Objectives for Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the four decision-making abilities that are assessed when a patient’s decisional capacity is questioned.
  2. Identify individual, case-based and institutional risk factors for developing moral distress.
  3. Explain potential risks to clinicians of “untreated” moral distress.

Additional Information

Course summary
Maximum credit available: 
  • 1.50 Contact hours

Elizabeth Vig, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, UW School of Medicine, University of Washington; Chair, Ethics Consult Service, VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle

Available Credit

  • 1.50 Contact hours


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