Moral Distress in the Health Professions

  • Connie M. Ulrich
  • Christine Grady

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Connie M. Ulrich, Christine Grady
    Pages 1-7
  3. Lynn Musto, Patricia Rodney
    Pages 9-20
  4. Anne J. Davis, Marsha Fowler, Sophia Fantus, Joseph J. Fins, Michelle Joy, Katherine Kruse et al.
    Pages 21-57
  5. Stephen M. Campbell, Connie M. Ulrich, Christine Grady
    Pages 59-77
  6. Mary K. Walton
    Pages 79-93
  7. Carol L. Pavlish, Ellen M. Robinson, Katherine Brown-Saltzman, Joan Henriksen
    Pages 103-125
  8. Connie M. Ulrich, An Lievrouw, Bo Van den Bulcke, Dominique Benoit, Ruth Piers, Georgina Morley et al.
    Pages 127-157
  9. Christine Grady, Nancy Berlinger, Arthur Caplan, Sheila Davis, Ann B. Hamric, Shaké Ketefian et al.
    Pages 159-171

About this book


This is the first book on the market or within academia dedicated solely to moral distress among health professionals. It aims to bring conceptual clarity about moral distress and distinguish it from related concepts. Explicit attention is given to the voices and experiences of health care professionals from multiple disciplines and many parts of the world.  Contributors explain the evolution of the concept of moral distress, sources of moral distress including those that arise at the unit/team and organization/system level, and possible solutions to address moral distress at every level. A liberal use of case studies will make the phenomenon palpable to readers. 

This volume provides information not only for academia and educational initiatives, but also for practitioners and the research community, and will serve as a professional resource for courses in health professional schools, bioethics, and business, as well as in the hospital wards, intensive care units, long-term care facilities, hospice, and ambulatory practice sites in which moral distress originates.


Microethics Interprofessional Bioethics Ethical decision making Nursing

Editors and affiliations

  • Connie M. Ulrich
    • 1
  • Christine Grady
    • 2
  1. 1.Lillian S. Brunner Endowed ChairUniversity of Pennsylvania School of NursingPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of BioethicsNational Institute of Health Clinical CenterBethesdaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-64625-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-64626-8
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Health & Hospitals