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Working with Patients to Resolve Moral Distress

Working with Patients to Resolve Moral Distress

  • $ 4000

Description:  This on-demand webinar will introduce and explain moral distress, which occurs when a health care provider believes she knows the ethical thing to do, but is unable to perform that action. It will then show how the “interactive model” of shared decision making, as the ideal model of the practitioner-patient relationship, can help alleviate some instances of moral distress.

 Instructor: Andrew Kondrat, MA, Bioethicist, Donnelley Ethics Program, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago; Doctoral Candidate, Loyola University, Chicago, 
Audience:  Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologists, Nurses

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define moral distress and describe its causes and symptoms
  • Examine the concept of shared decision making as the ideal relationship between practitioner and patient
  • Propose that shared decision making can help avoid experiences of moral distress in health care professionals

Successful Completion: After viewing the 1.5 hour pre-recorded webinar, you will complete a course evaluation and take a short assessment. You may download copies of your certificate from the RIC Learning Portal or request a copy to be sent to you by mail.

Continuing Education Credits

Occupational Therapy

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is an approved provider for the American Occupational Therapy Association to offer continuing education in occupational therapy. This intermediate level programawards occupational therapists 0.15 CEUs or 1.5 contact hours. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. AOTA Classification Code: Category 1: Domain of OT

Physical Therapy
This course has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Board for 1.5 Contact Hours. Approval #216-000069

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapist assistant continuing education. This course has been approved for 1.5 contact hours. 

Speech-Language Pathology

This course is offered for .15 CEUs (Intermediate level, Related area).


The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (OH-362, 09/01/2020) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This CNE activity is being offered for 1.5 contact hours

Financial -  Receives honoraria for teaching this course from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Non-Financial -  No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist

Cancellation Policy: To request a cancellation of an on-demand program, please provide written notice by letter, email, or fax or contact us by phone within 24 hours of placing your order and we will refund you the full course fee. If you cannot give notice within 24 hours, a credit towards a future course of equal value would apply.

Basic Computer Requirements: You will need access to a computer with an Internet connection. High speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended. 

  • PC: Compatible Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 or higher
  • MAC: Compatible Operating System: OS X Web Browser: Firefox, Chrome, Safari

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