Pediatric Ethical Principles and Challenges
This 6.5 CE hour, self-paced online course explores common ethical principles and concerns that can arise when caring for seriously ill or terminally ill infants, children, teens, and young adults, and their families. It covers issues such as withholding food and withdrawing medication, palliative sedation, autonomy of a child, requests for non-beneficial treatment, and requests for expedited dying by patients or parents.
Ethics plays an important role in all of healthcare; however, ethical dilemmas and decisions present unique challenges in the context of pediatric care. Because of their diversity in age, maturity, and level of autonomy, children must receive specialized care relevant to their needs. Additionally, parents, children, families, and care providers have different roles in the context of pediatric palliative care.
These factors, coupled with the heightened emotional toll of caring for a child experiencing life-limiting illness, can lead to ethical dilemmas and/or moral distress. This course examines the complex ethical concerns hospice and palliative care professionals may encounter and delivers important strategies to build resiliency and facilitate communication.
In six modules, you’ll be equipped to understand and navigate common ethical concerns that arise in the context of caring for seriously ill infants, children, teens, or young adults, and their families.
Enroll in the certificate program for $989.
What You’ll Learn
- Review of ethical principles to distinguish the roles of parents, children, and families within pediatric palliative care
- Defining how the principles of autonomy, beneficence, nonmaleficence, and justice guide decision making in pediatric palliative care
- Differentiating between life-sustaining, life-prolonging, and non-beneficial treatment
- Shared decision making is applied in situations such as withholding or withdrawing treatment or providing life-sustaining treatment (artificial nutrition and hydration, mechanical ventilation, dialysis, and transplantation)
- Mediating family conflicts by understanding the duties to protect and respect the age-related level of autonomy of a child receiving care
- Resolving religious, cultural, and ethical dilemmas in relation to advance care planning discussions
- Facilitate effective, open conversation, and providing appropriate counsel and education to prevent or ease some of the inevitable ethical issues related to family and staff
- Decision-making when death is near — ethical perspectives on nonmaleficence and futility
What You’ll Earn
6.5 continuing education (CE) credits provided through California State University San Marcos, accredited and approved by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Have a team to train? We offer special group pricing.
The Institute’s Pediatric Palliative Care curriculum was developed by expert clinicians in pediatric palliative care from leading children’s hospitals and hospice programs, with support from:
- Children’s Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition/Coalition for Compassionate Care of California
- Providence TrinityCare Hospice and Trinity KidsCare
Therese Trebaol, D.Bioethics, clinical ethics consultation specialist; creator and manager of the palliative care program at Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles; past interim Director of Bioethics at Kaiser Permanente in Woodland Hills.
Pamelyn Close, MD, pediatrician in private practice, Los Angeles, California.
Completion and Refunds
In order to complete this course and obtain a certificate, you must view the course in its entirety, correctly answer all case studies and quiz/test questions (as appropriate) and complete the evaluation. You will have 90 days to access this course from the date of purchase. No refunds are given for self-paced courses.
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