Table 2

Overview of themes and sub-themes that developed from the structural analysis of interviews with the high level decision-makers' experiences of being in ethically difficult situations.

Themes

Sub-themes


To be in a high position

Aloneness and Loneliness

Uncertainty

Lack of confirmation

Scapegoat

To be in an exposed position

Bombarded

Threats

To be strategic

Avoiding difficult decisions

Handling different opinions

To live with divided feelings

Loyalties vs. own conviction


Mamhidir et al. BMC Medical Ethics 2007 8:3   doi:10.1186/1472-6939-8-3

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