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The 51st Meeting of the NH/VT Ethics Committees: Navigating Decision-Making Capacity amid Mental Illness – Ulysses Clause – Part 4 of 4

Decision-making capacity can be challenging to assess in patients with mental health diagnoses. Clinicians often struggle with the balance between a desire to respect autonomy and a duty to protect. In this conference, we will discuss challenges in decision-making capacity assessment involving adult and pediatric patients with mental health diagnoses.

Activity Details

Start Date:  October 25, 2021
End Date:  October 25, 2024

You may claim CME or CNE credit for successful completion of this online course. In order to claim credit, you must follow these steps:

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  • Cynthia Bruzzese, MPA, MSB

    Cindy has served as the Executive Director of Vermont Ethics Network since 2008 and is a certified clinical ethics consultant (HEC-C). She holds Master’s Degree in both Public Administration (MPA) and Clinical Ethics (MSB) as well as a certificate in bioethics with specializations in health policy and law.   Additionally, she works part time as a clinical ethicist at UVM Medical Center, Chairs the State of Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) Ethics Committee, co-chairs the Central Vermont Medical Center Ethics Committee and directs Vermont’s statewide Task Force on Palliative Care and Pain Management.  Her work for the past 20 years has focused on meeting the education and policy needs of health care providers, facilities, policy-makers, state agencies and the general public related to medical decision-making, health care ethics and end-of-life.
Learning Outcome(s)

At the conclusion of this learning activity, (at least 75% of) participants will be able to discuss current issues related to ethical dilemmas posed by patients with mental illness who are asked to make a health care related decision.


Dartmouth-Hitchcock is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nursing Continuing Education Council is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This educational activity carries 1.0 contact hour.

Requirements for Successful Completion

In order to receive credit for this Continuing Medical Education, Continuing Nursing Education (CME/CNE) activity, you must:

  • View the entire presentation
  • fill out the activity evaluation. (you must register to access).

The activity director(s), planning committee member(s), speaker(s), author(s) or anyone in a position to control the content for this activity have reported NO financial relationship(s)* with ineligible companies**. 

* A “financial relationship" includes employee, researcher (named as the PI), consultant, advisor, speaker, independent contractor (including contracted research), royalties or patent beneficiary, executive role, and/or an ownership interest (not including stocks owned in a managed portfolio).

** An ineligible company is any entity whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Bibliographic Resources
  • Saks, Elyn R. Refusing Care: Forced Treatment and the Rights of the Mentally Ill. Chicago Press, 2002.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness – nami.org
  • Mental Health America - mhanational.org
Provider Contact Information

Provider contact information for questions regarding accreditation of the activity:

Director of Continuing Nursing Education, Center for Nursing Excellence
Center for Learning and Professional Development
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

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