Moral distress and attitude to euthanasia: A correlation study in nurses

Somayeh Mohammadi, Fariba Borhani, Mostafa Roshanzadeh, Farhad Talebi



Moral distress is one of the major health issues that can affect the quality of nursing work life and fails to achieve health goals. One of the major issues affecting the development of moral distress phenomenon is euthanasia. Although the occurrence of the phenomenon according to religious and legal structures in Iran is impossible; But it also could underlie attitude to events; among the causes of moral distress in nursing is discussed. Cross - sectional study aimed to investigate the relationship between the phenomenon of moral distress and euthanasia is performed. A quota sample of subjects selected from hospitals in Kerman and data were collected to Corly moral distress and attitudes toward euthanasia questionnaire. The results indicate that the intensity and frequency of moral distress among nurses attitudes towards euthanasia is not significant relation (P>0/05). Average of moral distress in nurses (2/7±0/57) and the average attitude towards euthanasia (0/9± 1/5) were reported.

According to this issue euthanasia is one of the reasons which produce moral distress in nurses but maybe Low nurse’s attitudes prevent it. Levels of moral distress planning and attention needed to understand this phenomenon and to increase nurses' coping mechanisms they to require and as a result come that this phenomenon cannot have an important role in creation of moral distress in Iranian nurses, nonetheless, levels of moral distress necessitate planning and attention for introducing this phenomenon to the nurses and increasing coping mechanisms in them.


Moral Distress; Attitude to Euthanasia; Health System; Nurses

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