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Preventive Ethics

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This is an online, self-directed educational module describing and regarding the use of preventive ethics in medicine. It is a 2009 update by the director of the University of Oklahoma Bioethics Center, of a prior product completed in 1999.

Educational objectives: 

After completing this module, the learner will: 1. Be able to recognize the potential for ethical conflicts, especially in caring for patients with complex or difficult medical decisions to be made or patients whose decision-making capacity is likely to be affected. Ethical conflicts are especially likely in the following cases: (a) Patients with dementing illnesses or progressive neurological illnesses, (b) Patients with depression or other psychiatric disorders, (c) Patients with other chronic or progressive incurable illnesses, (d) Patients with a need for long-term care, (e) Patients/family members with unrealistic expectations or conflicting relationships, and (f) Patients with a terminal illness. 2. Be aware of different techniques to prevent ethical problems, including the following: Negotiation and mediation, Advance planning, and Appropriate referrals. 3. Be aware of methods to defuse ethical conflicts when they occur, including the following: Gathering facts, Agreeing on issues, Identifying alternatives/options, Negotiation, and Coercion.

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A computer with broadband Internet access is required.

Date posted: 
Tue, 01/12/2010
Date Submitted or Reviewed/Updated for Clinical Accuracy: 
Wed, 10/10/2012
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Suggested Citation:
, and . Preventive Ethics. POGOe - Portal of Geriatrics Online Education; 2010 Available from:
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