Journal article

Moral Distress in Neonatology

Trisha M Prentice, Annie Janvier, Lynn Gillam, Susan Donath, Peter G Davis

PEDIATRICS | AMER ACAD PEDIATRICS | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: To longitudinally examine the nature of moral distress (MoD) experienced by clinicians caring for extremely low gestational age neonates. METHODS: Neonatologists, medical trainees, and nurses were surveyed at regular intervals on their experience of MoD and their preferred level of care in relation to 99 neonates born <28 weeks' gestational age managed from birth until discharge or death in 2 tertiary NICUs. Clinicians reporting significant distress (≥6 of 10 on Wocial's Moral Distress Thermometer) were asked to provide open-ended responses on why they experienced MoD. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze frequency and intensity of MoD across different clini..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council postgraduate scholarship


Funding Acknowledgements

Dr Prentice has received a National Health and Medical Research Council postgraduate scholarship (1150839) to support this research.