A phenomenological study of nurse´s understanding of honesty in palliative care
2010 (English)In: Nursing Ethics, ISSN 0969-7330, Vol. 17, no 1, 39-50 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Honesty is essential for the care of seriously ill and dying patients. The current study aimed to describe how
nurses experience honesty in their work with patients receiving palliative care at home. The interviews in
this phenomenological study were conducted with 16 nurses working with children and adults in palliative
home-based care. Three categories emerged from analyses of the interviews: the meaning of honesty, the
reason for being honest and, finally, moral conflict when dealing with honesty. The essence of these
descriptions was that honesty is seen as a virtue, a good quality that a nurse should have. The nurses’ ethical
standpoint was shown in the moral character they show in their work and in their intention to do good. This
study could help nurses to identify different ways of looking at honesty to promote more consciousness and
openness in ethical discussions between colleagues and other staff members.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
UK: sagepublications , 2010. Vol. 17, no 1, 39-50 p.
communication, honesty, nursing, palliative care, phenomenology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-53707DOI: 10.1177/0969733009350952ISI: 000273790900006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-53707DiVA: diva2:291344