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 better 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. Offered for 0.1 ASHA CEU – 1 contact hour.
This course was included in the material of a previously offered eCourse – #e108: Charleston Swallowing Conference Home Study: Evidence-Based Dysphagia Management.
Run Time: 1:13:13
• Feeding tubes and dementia: knowledge of what they can and cannot do compared between students, clinicians, and the evidence
• Advance care planning to aid with decision making
• Formalizing care planning and discussions
• Requirements for informed consent
• Mediating family goals
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.
Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.
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).
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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"The topic, in general, was interesting. It is something I deal with often at work, and it was good to listen to another discussion regarding the difficulty of the situation. I liked how the course was short, simple, and to the point. It was a good general discussion." – S.D.A. (Dec. 2017)
"The portion on informed consent was most beneficial. I liked that I could complete the course at my own pace." – C.S. (Dec. 2017)
"I enjoyed the discussion on feeding tubes, and I liked that the course was short." – M.M. (Dec. 2017)
"The discussions on informed consent and how to help patients/family understand the risks/benefits of various courses of action were most beneficial. The course was easy to understand with clear direction in how to at least get started having difficult conversations with patients/family. However, I was expecting more of the ethical 'grey' areas to be covered." – A.G. (Dec. 2017)
"I often discuss feeding tubes with families in my day to day care. I liked that the course is concise." – S.C. (Dec. 2017)
"Excellent overview of the information, clearly presented. Very important topic, highly recommended for all clinicians working in dysphagia." – C.B. (Sept. 2017)