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A Palliative Ethic of Care

Joseph J. Fins, MD, FACP

CE Credit: 4 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology | Counseling | Social Work | Occupational Therapy | Mental Health | Nutrition & Dietetics

Learning Level: Intermediate

Course Type: Test Only

Course Abstract

This is a test only course (book not included). The book can be purchased from Amazon or some other source.

This CE test is based on the book "A Palliative Ethic of Care" (2006, 281 pages). The volume explains how to develop a set of patient and physician goals for improving quality of life, resolving end of life issues, and treating dying patients. The author, Dr. Joseph Fins, pragmatically blends ethical theory and clinical practice, presenting readers with theoretical and historical considerations about end of life care and offering practical wisdom about the care of dying patients and their families. This text employs the ground-breaking Goals of Care Assessment Tool (GCAT) as a framework of knowledge that links practical considerations about patient care with more theoretical concerns to provide deeper insights into why end-of-life care is so challenging and to help foster necessary reform in how people die. Systems of care are impersonal and anonymous. Ultimately, it is the task of the individual practitioner to initiate and sustain the provision of care. 

Closeout Course #40-13 | 30 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. Identify 3 challenges in caring for the dying
2. Explore the legal issues governing the care of the dying
3. Name 3 uses of the Goals of Care Assessment Tool (GCAT)
4. List 2 triggers which can be used as a means for opening discussions of end-of-life decisions
5. Distinguish between the 4 major goals of care described in the text
6. Identify at least 5 issues in goal-setting and formulating the goals of care
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This is a test only course (book not included). The book can be purchased from Amazon or some other source.

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About the Author(s)

Joseph J. Fins, MD, FACP, is Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Medical College of Cornell University where he serves as Professor of Medicine, Professor of Public Health and Professor of Medicine in Psychiatry. In addition, Dr. Fins is Director of Medical Ethics New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, Associate for Medicine at The Hastings Center, and a member of the Adjunct Faculty of Rockefeller University. He also serves as Physician-Ethicist-in-Residence at the HealthCare Chaplaincy in New York City and has been a Visiting Professor in Medical Ethics at The Complutense University in Madrid. A practicing internist at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center, Dr. Fins chairs the hospital's ethics committee and teaches medicine and clinical ethics to Cornell medical students and house staff. His current scholarly interests include ethical issues at the end-of-life and palliative care, research ethics in neurology and psychiatry, medical education and methods of ethics case consultation. Dr. Fins is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management as well as The Oncologist and has served as Abstracts Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and Editor of the Department of Bioethics for Cancer Investigation. 

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