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Informed Consent and Decision Making: Patients Who Cannot Give Informed Consent

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this module, you will be able to:
1. Recognize the importance of decision-making capacity;
2. Explain standards for surrogate decision-making;
3. Identify the physician's role in advance care planning.
0.25 Credit CME

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Physicians can find themselves in ethically difficult positions when their patients are unable to give their informed consent. This Code of Medical Ethics module navigates a physician's obligation to assess their patient's decision-making capacity and explores the role of surrogates, consent versus assent, standards of decision-making, and the physician's role in advance care planning in this process.

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Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 0.25 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the activity and individual assessment of and feedback to the learner, enables the learner to earn up to 0.25 MOC points in the American Board of Pediatrics' (ABP) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit learner completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABP MOC credit.

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Credit Designation Statement: The American Medical Association designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of .25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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ABMS MOC Statement: Through the American Board of Medical Specialties (“ABMS”) ongoing commitment to increase access to practice relevant Maintenance of Certification (“MOC”) Activities, this activity has met the requirements as an MOC Part II CME Activity. Please review the ABMS Continuing Certification Directory to see what ABMS Member Boards have accepted this activity.

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