Whilst debate continues regarding how to define moral distress (MD), one constant has been the belief that healthcare professionals often experience MD during end-of-life (EoL) care. In this chapter, we will discuss the concept of MD in the context of EoL care, drawing on a recent case that has attracted global attention and empirical data drawn from Morley’s doctoral studies exploring MD in nursing. We argue that the empirical data supports a broader understanding of MD and that the occurrence of MD during EoL care can highlight other morally complex issues that warrant further exploration.
|Title of host publication||Philosophy and Medicine|
|Publisher||Springer Science and Business Media B.V.|
|Number of pages||19|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
|Name||Philosophy and Medicine|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Acknowledgements The empirical study discussed here was funded by a Wellcome Trust Society and Ethics Fellowship for Healthcare Professionals held by Georgina Morley.
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- End of life
- Moral distress
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Nursing (miscellaneous)
- Health Policy