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      Developing the concept of moral sensitivity in health care practice.

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          The aim of this Swedish study was to develop the concept of moral sensitivity in health care practice. This process began with an overview of relevant theories and perspectives on ethics with a focus on moral sensitivity and related concepts, in order to generate a theoretical framework. The second step was to construct a questionnaire based on this framework by generating a list of items from the theoretical framework. Nine items were finally selected as most appropriate and consistent with the research team's understanding of the concept of moral sensitivity. The items were worded as assumptions related to patient care. The questionnaire was distributed to two groups of health care personnel on two separate occasions and a total of 278 completed questionnaires were returned. A factor analysis identified three factors: sense of moral burden, moral strength and moral responsibility. These seem to be conceptually interrelated yet indicate that moral sensitivity may involve more dimensions than simply a cognitive capacity, particularly, feelings, sentiments, moral knowledge and skills.

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          Journal
          Nurs Ethics
          Nursing ethics
          SAGE Publications
          0969-7330
          0969-7330
          Mar 2006
          : 13
          : 2
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Ersta Sköndal University College, Stockholm, Sweden. kim.lutzen@esh.se
          Article
          10.1191/0969733006ne837oa
          16526152
          f6406b5e-5c61-4f15-8137-a627623aa881
          History

          Bioethics and Professional Ethics,Empirical Approach

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