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HEC Forum. 2017 Jun;29(2):127-143. doi: 10.1007/s10730-016-9315-y.

A Health System-wide Moral Distress Consultation Service: Development and Evaluation.

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1
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing, Richmond, VA, USA. abhamric@vcu.edu.
2
University of Virginia School of Nursing, Charlottesville, VA, USA.

Abstract

Although moral distress is now a well-recognized phenomenon among all of the healthcare professions, few evidence-based strategies have been published to address it. In morally distressing situations, the "presenting problem" may be a particular patient situation, but most often signals a deeper unit- or system-centered issue. This article describes one institution's ongoing effort to address moral distress in its providers. We discuss the development and evaluation of the Moral Distress Consultation Service, an interprofessional, unit/system-oriented approach to addressing and ameliorating moral distress.

KEYWORDS:

Ethics consultation; Moral distress; Organizational ethics; Program evaluation

PMID:
28070806
DOI:
10.1007/s10730-016-9315-y
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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