End-of-Life Care Series (3 Modules)
End-of-life care is fraught with ethical challenges for patients, families, and physicians. Physicians who care for patients at the end of life need to be familiar with the ethical frameworks commonly used to work through these challenges.
In this module, we describe the principle-based approach to medical ethics as well as the complementary frameworks. We also explain core ethical concepts specific to decision-making at the end of life and highlight special considerations in the care of patients from marginalized groups.
Physicians can improve end-of-life care by ensuring that communication with patients and their families is a top priority. Poor communication among physicians, patients, and families unfortunately is common and can lead to discord and dissatisfaction with care at the end-of-life.
When conflict arises over end-of-life care, physicians with a working knowledge of ethics and skill in facilitating difficult conversations can help everyone involved in the patient's care reach consensus. In this module, we describe strategies and techniques for developing effective communication skills about the end of life that can be used in practice.
Advance care planning is important for all patients. Physicians have an ethical obligation to help patients consider their wishes about care at the end of life, including which life-sustaining treatments they are likely to want if they become severely ill and unable to speak for themselves.
In this module, we describe advance directives in detail and explore case-based scenarios involving the decision-making process at the end-of-life.
This three part module series is available for single module purchase
Jolion McGreevy, M.D., M.B.E., M.P.H.
Department of Emergency Medicine Boston Medical Center
Winnie Suen, M.D.
Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics
Boston Medical Center Michael A. Grodin, M.D.
Department of Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights, Boston University School of Public Health
Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
The Massachusetts Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
- 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
This course is offered through the Massachusetts Medical Society.
To take this course you will be redirected to the Massachusetts Medical Society's website. You must have an account with the Massachusetts Medical Society in order to complete this activity.
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