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Registered nurses´ perception of ethical problems within healthcare

Lindholm, Lois (2003)
Department of Health Sciences
Abstract
The aim of the study was to examine how Registered Nurses perceive ethical problems within healthcare and enlighten the ongoing discussions concerning them. Five Registered Nurses at a surgical ward were interviewed in order to perform an empirical study. A literature review was also done where five articles were analysed. The findings show that the patients autonomy, personal sphere and rights, summoned as the ‘patient’s best’, are always in focus for healthcare ethics. Problems arising in connection are highly complex. In order to prevent and uphold good ethics the informants in both studies held good communication as a key factor. Furthermore the findings show that there is confusion and inconsequences about the concept of ethics.... (More)
The aim of the study was to examine how Registered Nurses perceive ethical problems within healthcare and enlighten the ongoing discussions concerning them. Five Registered Nurses at a surgical ward were interviewed in order to perform an empirical study. A literature review was also done where five articles were analysed. The findings show that the patients autonomy, personal sphere and rights, summoned as the ‘patient’s best’, are always in focus for healthcare ethics. Problems arising in connection are highly complex. In order to prevent and uphold good ethics the informants in both studies held good communication as a key factor. Furthermore the findings show that there is confusion and inconsequences about the concept of ethics. Healthcare professionals held very diverse views on what an ethical dilemma is. It is argued that this could lead to more difficulties than may be necessary and calls for healthcare professionals and the organisation they work within to keep an ongoing discussion concerning those problems. (Less)
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Lindholm, Lois
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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keywords
communication, complexity, ethics, ‘patient’s best’, perception, problems, registered nurses
language
English
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2527545
date added to LUP
2012-05-04 14:25:32
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  abstract     = {The aim of the study was to examine how Registered Nurses perceive ethical problems within healthcare and enlighten the ongoing discussions concerning them. Five Registered Nurses at a surgical ward were interviewed in order to perform an empirical study. A literature review was also done where five articles were analysed. The findings show that the patients autonomy, personal sphere and rights, summoned as the ‘patient’s best’, are always in focus for healthcare ethics. Problems arising in connection are highly complex. In order to prevent and uphold good ethics the informants in both studies held good communication as a key factor. Furthermore the findings show that there is confusion and inconsequences about the concept of ethics. Healthcare professionals held very diverse views on what an ethical dilemma is. It is argued that this could lead to more difficulties than may be necessary and calls for healthcare professionals and the organisation they work within to keep an ongoing discussion concerning those problems.},
  author       = {Lindholm, Lois},
  keyword      = {communication, complexity, ethics, ‘patient’s best’, perception, problems, registered nurses},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Registered nurses´ perception of ethical problems within healthcare},
  year         = {2003},
}