Moral distress and ethical confrontation: problem or progress?

Lantos, J. D. (2007). Moral distress and ethical confrontation: problem or progress? Journal of Perinatology, 27 (4): 201-2.

This article discusses ethical confrontations in a medical setting.

"Janvier and co-workers studied pediatrics residents, obstetrics residents and nurses who work in various perinatal settings in four university-based tertiary care centers in Quebec. Although the characteristics of the babies admitted to these NICUs are not reported in the study, we assume that the NICUs served a relatively similar population of patients (with the exception of the nurses working in an 'outborn NICU').

"The main outcome measure of the study was self-reported rates of 'ethical confrontation.' The reported rates of 'ethical confrontation' differed among the different NICUs. Overall, 35% of nurses and 19% of residents reported that they frequently experienced ethical confrontations in their workplace. The most significant predictor of the likelihood of experiencing ethical confrontations was the place of work. Some NICUs are, apparently, more full of confrontation than others. In one center, none of the residents reported frequent ethical confrontation. In another center, 36% of residents experienced such confrontation."

Source: PubMed



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