Unable to answer the call of our patients: mental health nurses' experience of moral distress.

@article{Austin2003UnableTA,
  title={Unable to answer the call of our patients: mental health nurses' experience of moral distress.},
  author={Wendy J Austin and Vangie Bergum and Lisa A Goldberg},
  journal={Nursing inquiry},
  year={2003},
  volume={10 3},
  pages={177-83}
}
When health practitioners' moral choices and actions are thwarted by constraints, they may respond with feelings of moral distress. In a Canadian hermeneutic phenomenological study, physicians, nurses, psychologists and non-professional aides were asked to identify care situations that they found morally distressing, and to elaborate on how moral concerns regarding the care of patients were raised and resolved. In this paper, we describe the experience of moral distress related by nurses… CONTINUE READING

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