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Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME) Clinical Ethics Unit: Research

Moral Distress

There is an intense discussion both in the medical and nursing ethics literature about the presence of moral distress in healthcare professionals and its negative repercussions on patient safety and outcomes, quality of care as well as the mental and physical health of the healthcare team. Addressing the experience of moral distress and opening spaces to recognize it and address it forms part of the routine clinical ethics work. In reflecting these experiences, we were able to develop also conceptual issues.

Among the recent publications addressing moral distress figure (see also publications of Settimio Monteverde):

  • Monteverde, S. (2019). Komplexität, Komplizität und moralischer Stress in der Pflege. Ethik in der Medizin, (31)4, 345-360.
  • McCarthy, J. & Monteverde, S. (2018). The standard account of moral distress and why we should keep it. HEC Forum, (30)4, 319-328
  • Moser, S., Monteverde S. (2016). Moralischer Stress und was dagegen hilft. Intensiv, (24)5, 252-257.