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Ethical Dilemmas and Moral Distress

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Ethical Dilemmas and Moral Distress

Elizabeth Vig, MD, MPH

Associate Professor
Chair of the VA Puget Sound Health Care System’s Ethics Consultation Service

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Learning Objectives

 

By the end of this lecture, you should be able to:

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

[From the Spring 2016 Geriatric Healthcare Lecture Series, with funding from the Alzheimer’s Supplement to the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Center]

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