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Nurses' perception of ethical challenges in caring for patients with COVID-19: a qualitative analysis

Authors
  • Rezaee, Nasrin
  • Mardani-Hamooleh, Marjan
  • Seraji, Maryam
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine
Publisher
Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Publication Date
Dec 19, 2020
Volume
13
Identifiers
DOI: 10.18502/jmehm.v13i23.4954
PMID: 34055239
PMCID: PMC8141204
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Original Article
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Abstract

Nurses face several challenges in providing care for patients with coronavirus disease in 2019 (COVID-19). The study aimed to explain the nurses' perception of ethical challenges in this regard. The qualitative study was carried out using a content analysis method. Individual and semi-structured interviews were conducted with 24 nurses. Inductive content analysis was used to categorize the data. Nurses' narratives indicated that ethical challenges in caring for patients with COVID-19 included threats to professional values ​​and the absence of a holistic COVID-19 care approach. The first category was subcategorized into the risk of declining quality of patient care and a stigmatized public image about COVID-19 care. The second category was divided into poor spiritual care, poor compassionate care, and lack of family-centered care. Health care managers must develop protocols for nurses that address these issues to alleviate the ethical challenges of COVID-19 care.

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