- Credit Amounts:
- CME: 0.75
- Other: 0.75
- Cost: Free
- Release: Jul 1, 2014
- Expires: Jun 30, 2017
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Professor, Department of Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies
Adjunct Professor, Department of Public Health and the College of Education
Director of Clinical Skills Assessment and Education
Co-Director of the Office of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Education
East Carolina University
Department of Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies
East Carolina University
Professor and Director, Program for Bioethics
Departments of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Behavioral Science
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Chair, UK Healthcare Ethics Committee
Needs StatementMoral Distress is an "occupational hazard" for healthcare providers. It describes a situation in which the healthcare provider knows what the ethical/moral course of action is, but is constrained from acting on it. There may be legal, institutional or social constraints, including patient/surrogate decisions. Moral distress is an integrity-compromising situation, and if unresolved, leads to moral residue, which can cause healthcare providers to have both physical and emotional symptoms. It is a leading cause of retention problems and workplace bullying in certain healthcare professions. This novel educational module and site will review the definitions, causes, and consequences of moral distress, as well as offer some solutions.
Target AudiencePhysicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Social Workers
ObjectivesUpon completion of this educational activity, the participant will be able to:
1. Define moral distress and moral residue;
2. Recognize moral distress and moral residue;
3. Identify warning signs of moral distress;
4. Practice preventative ethics to reduce or avoid moral distress.
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, UK Program for Bioethics, and East Carolina University. The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Kentucky College of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The University of Kentucky College of Medicine presents this activity for educational purposes only. Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected for presentations because of recognized expertise in their field.
- Patient care
UK Healthcare CECentral certifies this activity for 0.75 hours of participation.
Faculty DisclosureNo speakers or planners have any relevant financial relationships to disclose and will not discuss off-label use of a product.
Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone commercial bias in any presentation, but it is made to provide participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation.
Faculty are listed in alphabetical order.
Sara Rosenthal is the Project Leader.
Maria Clay is Associate Project Faculty.
Annette Greer is Nursing Faculty.