Moral distress among nurses of Shahid Beheshti University of medical sciences hospitals in 2013

Abbas Abbas Zadeh, Fariba Borhani, Mohammad Javad Hoseinabadi Farahani, Erfan Ghasemi, Nadereh Naderi Ravesh



Moral distress is a prevailing phenomenon in nursing which can cause conflict on care and facing the patient and presenting qualified care and this case can interfere in the process of access to care system objectives and finally have negative impacts on the society health model too. In this descriptive study, 153 of nurses employed in selected training hospitals of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Science have been studied in census method. In order to study the data, the questionnaire of individual data and standard Corley's Moral Distress questionnaire were used. The reliability of the questionnaire was studied through intra-class correlation coefficient which was equal to 0.88,Also in order to determine the internal stability of the tools, Cronbach's alpha coefficient has been used which was equal to α=0.87. The results of the research showed that the average score of moral distress of nurses was 44.8±16.6 which shows the moderate level of moral distress. Considering the outcomes of moral distress in nurses, further familiarity with this phenomenon and presenting approaches to combat against it seems to be essential.



Moral Distress; Nurses; Morality in Nursing

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