Table 3

The 11 pre-identified ethical issues: mean importance and mean stress scores

No.

Ethical issues

Mean importance

scorea

Mean importance rating

Mean stress

scoreb

Mean stress rating


1.

Protecting patients' rights

3.82

1

1.73

11

2.

Care of patients' quality of life

3.79

2

1.84

10

3.

Providing care with possible risks to own health and safety

3.77

3

2.37

5c

4.

Respecting informed consent by patients to treatment

3.57

4

1.94

9

5.

Use of physical or chemical restraints on patients

2.78

7

2.07

8

6.

Determining when death occurs

2.35

9

2.19

7

7.

Prolonging dying process without appropriate reason

2.04

11

2.37

5c

8.

Hiding information regarding patients' actual condition from patients or family

2.28

10

2.43

4

9.

Working with unethical or incompetent colleague

2.44

8

3.10

1

10.

Problems of staffing that limit patients' access to nursing care

3.18

5

2.87

2

11.

Problems of medical resource management that limit patients' access to nursing care

3.13

6

2.77

3


aBased on scale of 1 to 4: 1 = not important, 2 = slightly important, 3 = important, 4 = very important

bBased on scale of 1 to 4: 1 = not stressful, 2 = slightly stressful, 3 = stressful, 4 = very stressful

cSame rank because of equal mean

Musa et al. BMC Medical Ethics 2011 12:23   doi:10.1186/1472-6939-12-23

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