How is moral distress experienced by community specialist palliative care health professionals?

PhD Confirmation Seminar: Caroline Ong

Date:          Wednesday, 29th November 2017 from 12:00 noon to 1:00pm

Venue:        Seminar Room 410, Level 4, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Have you ever had sleepless nights wondering if you did the right thing?

Moral distress is the distress caused when one is forced to act in ways perceived as morally wrong based on one’s worldview and context. It is a significant phenomenon in healthcare, which if left unattended, can negatively affect the well-being of the health professional, lead to poor outcomes for patients, the organisation and even the larger health sector. Whilst much is known about moral distress in nurses in acute care, little is known about how moral distress is experienced by community healthcare professionals specialising in palliative care.

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