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dc.contributor.authorAstbury, Jayne L.
dc.contributor.authorGallagher, Cathal T.
dc.contributor.authorO'Neill, Richard
dc.identifier.citationAstbury , J L , Gallagher , C T & O'Neill , R 2015 , ' The issue of moral distress in community pharmacy practice : background and research agenda ' , International Journal of Pharmacy Practice , vol. 23 , no. 5 , pp. 361-366 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 8136497
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: f4006deb-e00f-44a7-8c95-400a8d383a15
dc.identifier.otherPubMed: 25639156
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84942196379
dc.descriptionDate of Acceptance: 12/12/2014
dc.description.abstractOBJECTIVES: Moral distress arises from situations in which the individual identifies the morally right action required, but feels unable to act accordingly due to organisational constraints within the work place. Research into this phenomenon has focused predominately on the experience of those in the nursing profession, due to its perceived moral grounding and its traditionally subordinate role. As the conceptual boundaries of moral distress have developed, so too has the research interest in the experiences of other professional groups. Here, we seek to determine if there is scope to study moral distress in pharmacists.METHODS: A review of the literature on moral distress in healthcare professions was undertaken.KEY FINDINGS: Pharmacists working in the UK operate within a highly-regulated occupational sphere, and are bound by strict legal frameworks and codes of professional conduct. This regulatory environment, when combined with the emerging recognition that pharmacy is a value-based profession with a strong ethical grounding, creates the potential for moral distress to occur due to the limitations placed on acting in congruence with ethical judgements. Studies concerning moral distress in nurses have identified significant negative consequences for both the practitioner and for the quality of patient care.CONCLUSIONS: To date, the incidence of moral distress among UK-based community pharmacists remains unexamined. Research must be undertaken to determine what situations cause the highest instances of moral distress for community pharmacists, and the extent to which these pharmacists experience moral distress in their working lives.en
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Pharmacy Practice
dc.titleThe issue of moral distress in community pharmacy practice : background and research agendaen
dc.contributor.institutionSchool of Life and Medical Sciences
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Pharmacy
dc.contributor.institutionHealth & Human Sciences Research Institute
dc.contributor.institutionCentre for Clinical Practice, Safe Medicines and Drug Misuse Research
dc.contributor.institutionPatient and Medicines Safety
dc.contributor.institutionLaw, Ethics and Professsionalism in Pharmacy Practice
dc.description.statusPeer reviewed
dc.relation.schoolSchool of Life and Medical Sciences
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Review

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