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J Educ Ethics Nurs 2020, 9(3 And 4): 1-8 Back to browse issues page
Moral distress level in nurses and physicians caring for patients with COVID-19: A cross-sectional descriptive study in 2020
Leili Mosalanezhad, Samaneh Abiri, Navid Kalani
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Introduction:
Due to the increasing number of Covid 19 disease in the world and the prevalence of the second wave of Covid 19 in Iran, we are witnessing the death of many of our compatriots in the country's hospitals every day. Meanwhile, the medical staff of hospitals, especially doctors and nurses, have the most conflicts with patients with Covid 19. Considering the very important issue of moral sensitivity in this period and its effect on the quality of performance of the treatment team, we decided to conduct a study to investigate the level of moral distress in nurses and physicians caring for patients with Covid 19.
Methods and Materials:
This cross-sectional descriptive study was performed in 1399 with available sampling on 103 nurses and physicians working in Peymaniyeh Hospital in Jahrom. Data collection tools in this study included the Demographic Information Questionnaire and the Corelli Moral Distress Questionnaire. Data analysis was performed using SPSS software version 21 and descriptive and inferential statistical tests at a significant level of p <0.05.
Results:
In this study, 103 nurses and physicians involved with patients with Covid 19 participated. The mean severity and recurrence of moral distress were 47.98± 17.69 and 47.82± 16.78, respectively. A higher score indicates the severity and recurrence of higher moral distress. The level of severity and recurrence of moral distress was low in the majority of caregivers. The severity and recurrence of moral distress in clinicians was higher than nurses and general practitioners, but there was no significant relationship between job and severity and recurrence of moral distress (p-value <0.05).
Conclusion:
The results of this study showed that the level of moral distress in the present study is very low. Since the consequences of moral distress can affect the quality of nurses' occupational therapy in the health system, so the serious attention of managers to use training programs related to ethical issues with the aim of identifying the symptoms of moral distress and the factors affecting it. It also seems necessary to do more research to identify other dimensions of moral distress in other medical centers.
Keywords: Nurses, Physicians, Moral Distress, COVID-19
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Received: 2020/08/25 | Accepted: 2020/09/15 | Published: 2020/09/17
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