Have your say: ethical decision making in the Emergency Department

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How well prepared are emergency clinicians to face ethical challenges in clinical practice?

A survey to assess current knowledge and training needs

Emergency clinicians are often faced with stressful situations where they are required to make critical decisions in resource-constrained and time-constrained settings. Many of these critical decisions relate to ethical or moral issues rather than strictly clinical concerns.

While ‘ethics and professionalism’ content is included in the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) curriculum it is not clear how consistently this content is delivered nor how it is translated into preparedness of ACEM Fellows to recognise and respond to ethical challenges in a clinical setting.

We are inviting ACEM fellows and trainees to complete our brief, anonymous survey. The aims of this study are to assess the ability of emergency medicine clinicians to identify and appropriately address ethical challenges commonly encountered in the workplace. We would also like to know what you find most challenging or puzzling about specific scenarios.

Complete the survey

Attend our workshop 'Clinical Ethical Decision Making' on Sunday 17th November at the ACEM ASM

Find out more about the project here

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Anna Parker


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