Lived Experiences of Nurses of White Lie in Ethical Care

Alireza Nikbakht Nasrabadi, Soodabeh Joolaee, Elham Navvab, Maryam Esmaeili, Mahboobeh Shali



Background and Aim: The nurse's placement in the context of conveying facts or concealing it is inevitable, and sometimes the nurse is in a place where he uses the white lies to protect the patient's interests. Understanding the situations of using white lies and finding solutions to provide truthful treatment to patients to make truth-based therapeutic decisions is a top priority in providing ethical care. The aim of this study was to explore the lived experiences of white lie in ethical care process among a group of Nurses.

Materials and Methods: This study was conducted based on the qualitative approach, using an interpretive phenomenological method. Using purposeful sampling method, 18 participants were selected and shared their experiences regarding White lie in patient ethical care through individual in-depth and semi-structured interviews in 2018. The transcribed interviews were analyzed based on the Colaizzi approach.

Findings: The lived experiences of nurses regarding white lie in ethical care process emerged as the ethical care path ups, the ethical care path downs and ethical care Dilemma. This themes including nine sub themes.

Ethical Considerations: All subjects were informed on the content of the study and if they agreed to participate, a written informed consent was obtained.

Conclusion: Honest communication and maintaining patients' confidence are Important characteristics of moral care. Using the sense of patient support, teamwork and helping to nurture the values of the nursing profession is facilitated to achieve the goal of protecting patients 'privacy and protecting patients' secrets... To achieve this goal, it is recommended to improve nurses' communication skills and to hold contemplation sessions and to express group experiences in providing care in order to maintain and develop the values of the nursing profession.


Cite this article as: Nikbakht Nasrabadi A, Joolaee S, Navvab E , Esmaeili M, Shali M. Lived Experiences of Nurses of White Lie in Ethical Care. Med Ethics J 2019; 13(44): e17.


White Lie; Truth Telling; Ethical Care; Nurse; Phenomenology

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