Sufrimiento moral en el personal de enfermería

Translated title of the contribution: Moral distress in nurses

María Dolores Burguete Ramos*, Enrique Sáez Álvarez, Carlise Rigon Dalla Nora, Rafaela Schaefer, Jorge López-Gómez, Pablo Rico Berbegal, José Ramón Martínez-Riera

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The aim of this study is to determine the perception of a group of nurses about the causes of mental suffering in their daily work. Method: This is a study using qualitative methodology, obtaining information through a discussion group. The number of attendees was six and worked in different areas. Results: Moral suffering was grouped into three dimensions related to the personal dimension, in relation to the patient and their environment and ultimately to conflicts with the health team. Conclusions: The conceptualization of moral suffering seems complex, as it is clear from the study a large number of existing factors are involved, in relation to the work environment and the private sphere of individuals. About the latter, factors are related to personality, gender, lack of knowledge and commitment to the profession itself that causes pain when the right conditions to practise are not met.
Translated title of the contributionMoral distress in nurses
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)210-218
Number of pages9
JournalCultura de los Cuidados
Issue number48
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


  • Moral suffering
  • Nursing
  • Professional ethics
  • Work environment


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