Moral distress as experienced by hospital social workers in South Korea and Australia
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This exploratory, qualitative research explored the ethical problems faced by hospital social workers in South Korea and Australia, and what and who influenced their decision making using a focus group design. Although dilemmas of boundaries, confidentiality, self-determination, and other complex scenarios found in practice were identified, moral distress, a consequence of the unresolvable conflicts, dominated participants’ narratives. This was particularly the case for the Korean social workers in this sample. A thematic analysis of the data yielded three main themes: ‘Under pressure—“It’s very uncomfortable”’; ‘Failing our patients’; and ‘Coping and codes’.
Social Work in Health Care
© 2017 Taylor & Francis (Routledge). This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Social Work in Health Care on 19 Jul 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/10.1080/00981389.2017.1347596.
This publication has been entered into Griffith Research Online as an Advanced Online Version.
Clinical Social Work Practice