$29.00 USD

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0.1  ASHA CEUs

Dietary Recommendations, Feeding Tubes And Ethical Practice #e107


Presenter: Paula Leslie, PhD, FRCSLT, CCC-SLP

Learn how ethical principles and research evidence can support clinicians and families in making informed decisions.


"Material was clinically relevant. You can tell the presenter has a lot of experience."

– E.H., prior course participant

This course combines knowledge of feeding tubes in dementia with informed consent and decision making. Discussed are the requirements for informed consent, and how knowledge of ethical principles and research evidence can support clinicians and families in making more informed decisions.

Comparison of student and clinician knowledge of how feeding tubes help and hinder does not always align with the evidence. This has implications for student education and early clinical training. Even when clinicians are aware of the evidence, personal bias may influence our contributions to decision making. If we are aware of this we can do something about it. This leads to advance care planning and formats for formalizing discussions.

Course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs – 1 Contact Hour.

Course Overview – Run Time: 1:13:13

  • Feeding tubes, dementia, and the evidence.
  • Knowledge of what feeding tubes can and cannot do compared between students and clinicians.
  • Advance care planning to aid with decision making.
  • Three conditions for informed consent.
  • Applying medical ethics to family decision making regarding tube feeding.
  • Mediating family goals.
"This course raised my awareness of the disparity that exists between what SLPs know about feeding tubes, and our decision making. Although we wouldn't want one for ourselves, we frequently support the decision for feeding tubes for our patients. I will definitely consider this more in the future."

– R.K., prior course participant

The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area.

Course Format

Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout. Stop and re-start the course at any point. Learners retain access to course content after completion for ongoing reference and review.

Reviews

"The legal aspects were helpful. A topic I'm learning more about." C.E. (Dec. 2023)

"I enjoyed the course content." J.M. (Nov. 2023)

"All of the content was beneficial and I appreciated the case studies at the end." H.B. (Sep. 2023)

"Quick and easy. Learning the criteria for informed consent." C.C. (Sep. 2023)

"The discussion of SLP role/scope of services, including SLP obligation to inform the need for families and physicians to make actual decisions was beneficial. I liked the review of autonomy, informed consent and disclosure, and case discussions." J.A. (Sep. 2023)

"I liked the info about consequences of feeding tubes and misconceptions clinicians have. The case studies were interesting." C.A. (Aug. 2023)

"I will provide more education now and request the patient to "teach back" what they understood. I liked the presenter." M.M. (Aug. 2023)

"Ensuring SLP remains within scope of practice. And the importance of family education." V.C. (Jul. 2023)

"The presenter clearly explained concepts and provided examples. Specifying my role in consulting with those who have questions about their care." A.C. (May 2023)

"I liked the case studies and discussion of when a person is non-cerebral and does not have a living will." C.C. (Apr. 2023)

"Practical application. Examples were beneficial." M.C. (Apr. 2023)

"Really enjoyed the overall presentation. Very informational and knowledgeable presenter." M.K. (Mar. 2023)

"Course was very thorough! I learned how to “stay in my lane” while providing clinically relevant information to the treatment team to aid in discussions regarding feeding tubes, without being felt pressured to be the one to make the recommendation." C.C. (Mar. 2023)

"Discussion of ethical principles was beneficial." A.T. (Feb. 2023)

"Risks and benefits of feeding tubes." J.K. (Feb. 2023)

"Taking into account the patient's wishes and the patient/family understanding of disease and treatment." G.J. (Feb. 2023)

"Practical content. Learning legal definitions was beneficial." K.A. (Feb. 2023)

"I liked the real-life examples. Discussing research-based evidence with regards to benefits and risks of feeding tubes." K.P. (Dec. 2022)

"Very applicable to the medical SLP." S.A. (Dec. 2022)

"Discussion of differences between similar terms like competence and capacity. I liked the discussion of complex topics." W.K. (Dec. 2022)

"Real-life case study examples. Discussion of the SLPs role and scope of practice when it comes to informing and educating patients and families about the swallowing mechanism paired with other factors in order for the doctor and the patient/family to ultimately make the decision for feeding tube or not." M.B. (Dec. 2022)

"I enjoyed the patient-centered perspective included in this course as it pertains to the care we are providing. I also enjoyed that course went specifically into consent and competency which was not an area that I consider often or expected to be included." K.M. (Dec. 2022)

"Very informative and easy to listen and attend to the speaker. Understanding consent, living will and our professional role." M.D. (Nov. 2022)

"I liked the organization of the content and clinical case studies. Learning how to educate the patient and family in a way that they can make an informed decision." J.L. (Nov. 2022)

"Addressing family concerns via education. Better understanding of SLP scope of practice with regard to recommendations that can/cannot be made. Recognizing the difference between POA and HCP. Liked the case study examples with recommended plans of action for each one." M.B. (Oct. 2022)

"The breakdown of the different types of legal documents was beneficial." L.L. (Sept. 2022)

"I now have additional knowledge of PEG tubes and ethical issues." B.G. (Sept. 2022)

"This course was easily understandable and interesting although outside of my caseload. Knowledge is shown in the ability to present learned material in layman’s terms." T.W. (Sept. 2022)

"I liked the topics of feeding tubes and advanced dementia." L.G. (Sept. 2022)

"This entire course will benefit my daily practice as I work in acute care facilities and this is a topic that I encounter daily." S.W. (Aug. 2022)

"I liked the manner in which the information was stated. In the hospital setting the physicians do want the therapists' to make the recommendations for feeding tubes. It is refreshing to know that I can stand my ground that they need to make that decision." M.R. (Aug. 2022)

"Learning I need to involve family more - education and involvement of the health care PofA." M.H. (Jul. 2022)

"Good refresher on decision making process involved in using a feeding tube." J.H. (Jul. 2022)

"Simple and direct. I liked the real life examples of the family and team helping to decide what is best for the patient."  D.B. (Jun. 2022)

"I liked the duration and the case studies. Learning the difference between different legal documents as well as difference between autonomy & beneficence."  M.W. (Jun. 2022)

"I liked the discussions of informed consent, beneficence, disclosure, and autonomy." R.J. (Mar. 2022)

"Functional and realistic information provided." A.W. (Feb. 2022)

"Patient scenarios included were very helpful." M.C. (Feb. 2022)

"I liked how patient-centered it was while emphasizing the relationship between autonomy and beneficence." S.S. (Jan. 2022)

"This course gave me an opportunity to consider whose values I should think about for my patient." M.Y. (Dec. 2021)

"Discussion of living wills, proxy, advance directives was helpful. Liked the presentation of information while attempting to separate our "personal feedings" about pt care situations." E.H. (Dec. 2021)

"I liked the thoroughness of the material and the detail provided with each point." A.D. (Dec. 2021)

“I found this course very interesting, and the speaker spoke at a nice pace. The case study provided a good example. I don't usually enjoy ethics courses, but this was pretty good.” C.C. (Dec. 2021)

"Material was clinically relevant. You can tell the presenter has a lot of experience." E.H. (Nov. 2021)

"I liked the entire topic of ethics and my role. Presenter was concise and informative." B.H. (Nov. 2021)

"There was information covered that I was not familiar with and now I have a better understanding of it, especially with regards to advanced directives and informed consent." S.D. (Oct. 2021)

"I enjoyed the lovely British accent. And all the relevant topics." K.K. (Oct. 2021)

"The info re: Living Wills and Autonomy vs/Beneficence was most beneficial. I liked the speaker's accent and thoroughness." G.S. (Sept. 2021)

“The additional explanations relating to legal terminology such as advanced directives, living will, etc. were very helpful.” K.S. (Aug. 2021)

“I like the emphasis on considering personal values and biases and how these might impact on my delivery of advice/information. The reassurance that it is not within our professional boundaries to be making decisions regarding feeding tubes.” R.B. (Jun. 2021)

"The vocabulary discussion regarding autonomy and beneficence in regards to clinical work and our scope of practice was very beneficial. I liked the patient scenarios presented at the end of the seminar." K.M. (May 2021)

"I like that this material applies to my daily work. The discussion on ethical practice related to feeding tubes was most beneficial." K.F. (Mar. 2021)

“This course was very informative, short, and to the point!” D.R. (Mar. 2021)

“This course raised my awareness of the disparity that exists between what SLP' know about feeding tubes, and our decision making. Although we wouldn't want one for ourselves, we frequently support the decision for feeding tubes for our patients. I will definitely consider this more in the future.” R.K. (Feb. 2021)

"All of the information was applicable to my current caseload. The course was easy to follow." Y.C. (Feb. 2021)

"The info was good - especially the portion on feeding tubes and ethical considerations." S.B. (Feb. 2021)

Course Objectives

  1. Compare student and SLP knowledge of feeding tubes in advanced dementia.
  2. Identify the three conditions for informed consent.
  3. Integrate medical ethics into family decision making regarding tube feeding.

Presenter & Disclosures

Paula Leslie, PhD, FRCSLT, CCC-SLP, is a professor and director of the Doctor of Clinical Science in Medical Speech-Language Pathology. She maintains full clinical licenses in the USA and UK where she is a Specialist Adviser to the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapy in swallowing disorders. She provides support to researchers and provides continuing education from grassroots to international level and across the health professions on complex clinical decision making, ethics, and end of life decisions in vulnerable populations. Her honors include the Honors of the Association Southwestern Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association DiCarlo Clinical Achievement Award, the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association Clinical Achievement Award, and Fellow of the Royal College of Speech & Language Therapists (UK).

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Paula Leslie is a presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.

Nonfinancial — Paula Leslie has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

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This program is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Professional Area).

Intended Audience

  • SLP

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