Moral distress and moral competences in midwifery : A latent variable approach

Oelhafen, Stephan; Cignacco Müller, Eva (2018). Moral distress and moral competences in midwifery : A latent variable approach Journal of Health Psychology, 25(13-14), pp. 2340-2351. Sage Publications 10.1177/1359105318794842

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Like other health professionals, midwives need moral competences in order to cope effectively with ethical issues and to prevent moral distress and negative consequences such as fatigue or impaired quality of care. In this study, we developed and conducted a survey with 280 midwives or midwifery students assessing the burden associated with ethical issues, moral competences, and negative consequences of moral distress. Results show that ethical issues associated with asymmetries of power and authority most often lead to the experience of distress. The results are critically discussed in the context of the conceptualization and operationalization of moral distress.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

School of Health Professions

Name:

Oelhafen, Stephan0000-0002-4238-6728 and
Cignacco Müller, Eva0000-0001-6773-4015

ISSN:

1359-1053

Publisher:

Sage Publications

Language:

English

Submitter:

Admin import user

Date Deposited:

13 Nov 2019 10:32

Last Modified:

18 Dec 2020 13:28

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/1359105318794842

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.6694

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/6694

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