Moral sensitivity in primary health care nurses

Carlise Rigon Dalla Nora, Elma Lourdes Campos Pavone Zoboli, Margarida M. Vieira

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OBJECTIVE: to characterize the profile and describe the moral sensitivity of primary health care nurses. METHOD: this is a quantitative, transversal, exploratory, descriptive study. The data were collected through the Moral Sensitivity Questionnaire translated and adapted to Brazil. 100 primary health care nurses participated, from Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The data collection took place during the months of March and July 2016, in an online form. The analysis of the data occurred through descriptive statistical analysis. RESULTS: the nurses had an average moral sensitivity of 4.5 (out of 7). The dimensions with the greatest moral sensitivity were: interpersonal orientation, professional knowledge, moral conflict and moral meaning. CONCLUSION: the nurses of Rio Grande do Sul have a moderate moral sensitivity, which may contribute to a lower quality in Primary Health Care.
Translated title of the contributionSensibilidade moral de enfermeiros da atenção primária à saúde
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)308-316
Number of pages9
JournalRevista Brasileira de Enfermagem
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Moral development
  • Nursing ethics
  • Moral
  • Ethic
  • Nursing


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