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As healthcare professionals work to address the medical and economic challenges of a rapidly aging population, advances in technology are leading to increasingly complex end-of-life choices. This course presents ethical issues that may confront respiratory therapists and other healthcare professionals working with older adults and their families as these individuals near the end of life. The course identifies some of the major ethical issues concerning older adults and healthcare decisions and provides the framework and set of principles used to address ethical dilemmas in healthcare settings. This course includes relevant material from the ANA, NASW, APTA, AOTA, APA, and ACA codes of ethics for clarification on the various professions' principles.
AARC Approval #142866000
Identify frameworks and principles commonly used in healthcare settings for resolving ethical problems.
- Recognize the steps used in resolving ethical dilemmas.
- Distinguish between capacity and competence.
- Describe the concept of advance care planning.
- Identify the hierarchy used in surrogate decision making.
- Recognize ethical concerns that commonly arise related to the use of medical technologies.
Sherry M. Cummings, PhD, MSW, MA, is associate dean and professor at the University of Tennessee, College of Social Work, in Nashville, TN, where she has served on the faculty since 1998. Dr. Cummings holds a doctorate in social work from the University of Georgia, Athens, an MSW from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and a master’s degree in theology from Villanova University, Philadelphia. She has written and published extensively, including journal articles, books, book chapters, and government reports, and has presented papers nationally on the mental health needs of older adults, the impact of these needs on their caregivers, and the ethical dilemmas in working with older clients. Dr. Cummings has been actively involved in the development of curriculum materials for gerontological training in graduate social work education and has worked closely with government agencies to promote programs addressing the mental health needs of older adults.
- You must pass the final exam with a grade of 75% or higher and complete the course evaluation to earn contact hours and receive a certificate of completion.
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