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Rasoal D. Coaxing as a strategy to deal with ethical issues in community home care: An ethnographic study. JCHR 2020; 9 (2) :129-138
URL: http://jhr.ssu.ac.ir/article-1-602-en.html
School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Malardalen University,Vasteras, Sweden , dara.rasoal@mdh.se
Abstract:   (2704 Views)
The provision of home health care services increases as a desirable option in the western society. Previous studies indicate that health care professionals encounter ethically difficult situations when providing home care services. There is a lack of studies describing ethically difficult situations through observation. This study aimed to explore ethical issues experienced by healthcare staff when providing community home care services.
Methods: Qualitative design, using ethnographical approach. Data gathered as fieldwork in terms of memos, non-participant observation and informal interview with registered nurses (n=8), and nurse-assistants (n=4) during three weeks (in total 148 hours, 7am -5pm)
 Results: The result generated two main categories: 1) To balance stakeholders’ requirements, and, 2) Strategy to deal with ethical issues. Coxing was used as a strategy to deal with ethically difficult situations in patient care. The results showed that the complexity of the ethical issues is often related to personal values and organisational impact. The staff experienced need for a structured approach to assist them in identifying, analysing, and resolving ethical issues that arise in clinical practice. Health care organisations, personnel and patients are disagreed about values and choices that could lead to the best course of actions.
Conclusion: This study reveals that the ethically difficult situations in the context of community home care services are complex and are influencing the provision of care. The personnel enforced to find a balance between different expectations and from different stakeholders. To deal with these situations coaxing was used as a strategy for managing ethical issues.
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Received: 2020/01/21 | Accepted: 2020/06/29 | Published: 2020/06/29

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