ATrain Education


Continuing Education for Health Professionals

Dying with Dignity: A New Paradigm for the Emergency Department

Kevin Haselhorst, MD

Dr. Haselhorst earned his medical degree from Southern Illinois University. He is a contributing writer for the Arizona Republic’s “Ask the Expert” column and posts blogs on KevinMD, the Conversation Project, Death Café, and


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  • Expiration date: May 1, 2020
  • Course price: $29

Course Summary

An emergency department (ED) physician asserts that there needs to be a different paradigm in place when end-of-life patients present to the ED staff. This would support palliative or hospice care and preclude the ordering of diagnostic and other tests when they will not change the patient’s condition for the better.

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  • Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, OTAs
  • Instructional Level: Introductory
  • Content Focus: Category 1—Domain of OT, Client Factors

Criteria for Successful Completion

80% or higher on the post test, a completed evaluation form, and payment where required. No partial credit will be awarded.

Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support

Conflict of Interest/Commercial Support

The planners and authors of this learning activity have declared no conflicts of interest, vested interest, or financial relationship that may influence the content of this activity. All information is provided fairly and without bias.

ATrain Education, Inc. received no outside financial or commercial support in the preparation, presentation or implementation of this learning activity and has no affiliation with any company whose products or services are mentioned in this activity.

Accreditation Information

Objectives: When you finish this course you will be able to:

  • Describe a proposed new social compact regarding end-of-life care that could emphasize personal dignity over medical intervention.
  • Explain that DNR orders are not designed to provide comfort measures but apply only after the patient has died.
  • Discuss why the mind–body connection needs to be part of the clinical picture when determining the level of medical intervention.
  • Summarize that end-of-life assessment includes medical condition, medical prognosis, quality of life, personal preference, and good conscience.
  • Teach that the best care plan takes into account implied consent, peace of mind, and both palliative and hospice choices.

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