Title

Perceptions of Ethical Problems by Nurses and Doctors.

Publication/Presentation Date

3-1-1986

Abstract

To identify how nurses and physicians perceive ethical problems in clinical medicine, we conducted structured interviews with 26 nurses and 24 physicians who work in acute-care units. Both groups thought that they frequently encounter ethical problems, although there was significant variation within each group about how often members of each group perceived such problems. Members of the health-care team often disagreed about ethical decisions. Nurses often described conflicts with physicians, but physicians rarely recognized disagreements with nurses. Clinical ethicists need to be aware of this heterogeneous perception in order to communicate effectively about ethical problems.

Volume

146

Issue

3

First Page

577

Last Page

578

ISSN

0003-9926

Disciplines

Medical Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences

PubMedID

3954532

Department(s)

Department of Medicine, Department of Medicine Faculty

Document Type

Article