Medical Ethics


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Expiration Date

31 Dec 2025

Last Reviewed

1 Jan 2023

Estimated Time To Finish

120 Minutes

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Activity Description

Familiarity with ethical principles on a basic level is necessary to practice medicine. However, most healthcare providers are unable to explain how or why medical ethics principles have come to be and justify how they apply medical ethics principles in a systematic fashion. Many different medical ethics guidelines are available, such as from the American Medical Association (AMA), American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the American College of Physicians (ACP). Given the lack of definitive ethical standards and premises, let alone a hierarchy or algorithm for prioritizing them, clinicians still face challenges in achieving satisfactory solutions to ethical challenges for themselves, their patients, and other parties involved. Because medical ethics issues are not limited to physicians, this article is written to be useful for both physicians and non-physicians. The neutral term "healthcare provider" is used in circumstances that apply to both physicians and non-physicians.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of individuals in nursing.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Describe the formation and functions of medical ethics principles.
  • Summarize how law, science, religion, and non-medical ethics disciplines affect the discipline of medical ethics.
  • Explain how to apply medical ethics principles when attempting to resolve a medical ethics dilemma.
  • Outline how the interprofessional team can work together to advance medical ethics and patient outcomes.


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    No question on Ethics included in Questions bank.

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    Some questions wording was hard to understand, not all consistent with text. Unclear why there was a major focus on radiographers in the questions.

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    Very interesting topic

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    The terms that are emphasized are not the most applicable to my practice, but the principles are.

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    There were 46 questions, many of which were not covered in the material.

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