Moral distress among healthcare professionals at a health system

JONAS Healthc Law Ethics Regul. 2013 Jul-Sep;15(3):111-8; quiz 119-20. doi: 10.1097/NHL.0b013e3182a1bf33.


Moral distress is increasingly recognized as a problem affecting healthcare professionals. If not addressed, it may create job dissatisfaction, withdrawal from the moral dimensions of patient care, or even leaving the profession. Using the 21-Moral Distress Scale-Revised to assess moral distress, 323 surveys were received from 5 healthcare disciplines. The overall results showed that all disciplines experienced moderate to high actual moral distress, related to similar and/or different patient care situations.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Health Personnel / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Morals*
  • Stress, Psychological / diagnosis*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States