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The Impact of Moral Sensitivity and Moral Distress on End-of-life Care Performance among Intensive Care Unit Nurses

  • Korean Journal of Medical Ethics
  • Abbr : 의료윤리
  • 2019, 22(2), pp.140-160
  • DOI : 10.35301/ksme.2019.22.2.140
  • Publisher : The Korean Society For Medical Ethics
  • Research Area : Medicine and Pharmacy > General Medicine
  • Received : May 21, 2019
  • Accepted : June 13, 2019
  • Published : June 30, 2019

LEE Jooseon 1 Ahn, Sukhee 2

1충남대학교병원 간호사
2충남대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of moral sensitivity and moral distress on end-of-life care performance among intensive care unit (ICU) nurses in Korea. The study found (a) a significant relationship between moral sensitivity and end-of-life care performance (r=.22, 𝑝=.01), (b) a significant relationship between moral distress and end-of-life care performance (r=.23, 𝑝=.01), and (c) no significant relationship between moral sensitivity and moral distress (r=.14, 𝑝=.12). Multiple regression analysis indicates that the nurses with higher moral sensitivity and more than 37 months of clinical experience showed higher end-of-life care performance. The result of this study suggest that ethics education programs for ICU nurses should be designed to enhance their moral sensitivity.

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