Ethical Dilemmas and Moral Distress

Elizabeth Vig, MD, MPH

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

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]