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WVNEC Noon Webinar - Stigmatization: Not for Anyone!



Event Cost:

WVNEC Members: $20.00

Non-Members: $30.00

Course Description:

Ethical issues arise in patient care on a daily basis, and hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, and home health care agencies need a mechanism to address them. The mechanism for some is an ethics committee, and for others is one or more staff who have training and/or interest in clinical healthcare ethics. This series will prepare participants to identify, analyze, and contribute to the resolution of ethical conflicts in patient care and educate them in the process of ethical decision-making, the role of ethical principles and patient values, and relevant WV health law. It will provide practical examples of the application of ethical analysis to cases in the hospital, nursing home, and hospice settings and provide references and resources for participants to build a file for future use on clinical healthcare ethics topics.

Our third webinar in this series will address stigmatization.  Stigma has recently garnered increased scholarly scrutiny and media attention in light of its notable negative effects on a number of health outcomes.  When patients are stigmatized by the healthcare system, it becomes harder to earn their trust and get their consent to undergo treatment that may benefit them. Patients are stigmatized because clinicians hold a set of negative beliefs about them. Unfortunately, patients can be stigmatized because they have chronic pain, are obese, misuse drugs, are disabled, or refuse to comply with the recommended treatment. This case-based webinar will present a woman who has obesity, substance use disorder, and paraplegia. She has found it very difficult to get the respectful, complex care she needs. Participants will see the harmful effects of stigmatization through her eyes, learn why it is so important to eliminate stigmatization in healthcare, and receive practical strategies on how to do so. 


Target Audience:

This conference is appropriate for physicians, nurses, social workers, administrators, clergy, attorneys, and ethics committee members who serve on institutional ethics committees and wish to expand their knowledge of ethical and legal issues in health care ethics consultation.


At the conclusion of the conference, participants should be able to:

  1. apply ethical principles and the process of ethical decision-making to analyze and resolve ethical conflicts in patient care;
  2. incorporate knowledge of WV healthcare law into the process of ethical decision-making; and
  3. proceed in a systematic way to make recommendations on ethically challenging cases.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the WVU School of Medicine and WV Network of Ethics Committees.

The WVU School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

For each session: The WVU Office of CME designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1  CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For each session: This continuing education activity has been provided by the West Virginia University School of Nursing for 1.2 contact hours. The West Virginia University School of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing education by the State of West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses, Legislative Rule §19CSR11-4 under provider number 50-26086.

This course is sponsored by the Center for Health Ethics and Law, Provider Number 490095, which is a Certified Provider of continuing education credits for social workers. For each session: This program has been awarded up to 1 hour of continuing education credit. Please consult your state licensing board for limits on CE hours for other than “face-to-face” programs.

For each session: This program has been approved for 1.2 MCLE online credits under the West Virginia Rules for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education.

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