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Ethical and Legal Practice: Essential Practices in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Advance your competence in caring for those with serious illness. This module focuses on ethical and legal practice including appropriate options in ethical dilemmas, guidance to patients and families about decision making, establishing professional boundaries, considerations when deciding to withhold or withdraw care, palliative sedation, moral distress, and more.

Upon completion of this online module, the learner should be better able to:
• Apply a framework to determine the ethically appropriate options when ethical dilemmas are encountered in clinical practice
• Describe what to 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 based on 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

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The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) is the professional organization for physicians, nurses and other health care providers specializing in hospice and palliative care. Learn more.


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