Moral Distress in End-of-Life Care

Georgina Morley, Caroline Bradbury-Jones, Jonathan Ives

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book


Whilst debate continues regarding how to define moral distress (MD), one constant has been the belief that healthcare professionals often experience MD during end-of-life (EoL) care. In this chapter, we will discuss the concept of MD in the context of EoL care, drawing on a recent case that has attracted global attention and empirical data drawn from Morley’s doctoral studies exploring MD in nursing. We argue that the empirical data supports a broader understanding of MD and that the occurrence of MD during EoL care can highlight other morally complex issues that warrant further exploration.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEuropean Perspectives on End of Life Care
EditorsN Emmerich, P Mallia, Gordijn B, Pistoia F
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-40033-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-40032-3
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2020


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