Forum Play as a method for learning ethical practice: A qualitative study among Swedish health-care staff
2016 (English)In: Clinical Ethics, ISSN 1477-7509, E-ISSN 1758-101X, Vol. 11, no 1, 9-18 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background: In Scandinavia 13–28% of gynecology patients have experienced abuse in health care in their life time, which contradicts the ethical obligations not to harm the patient and to protect the patient's dignity. Concerning learning to act ethically, scholars have emphasized the importance of combining theoretical and practical dimensions. This article explores Forum Play as a way of learning to act ethically in abusive situations in health care.
Method: Ten health-care workers participating in a Forum Play course took part in this study. To explore participants' experiences of Forum Play, semi-structured interviews were conducted and processed by using the grounded theory analysis techniques of coding and constant comparison.
Results: The analysis resulted in the core category “developing response–ability.” It encompasses the processes bringing about the ability to respond adequately to situations where abuse occurs and the conditions for these processes, as well as the participants' achieved understanding of the third person's potential to act in a situation with a power imbalance. Forum Play allows participants to reflect on both verbal and body language, and gives them time to enact and think through issues of moral agency.
Conclusion: The simulated reality of Forum Play offers a platform where learning to act ethically in abusive situations in health care is facilitated by providing a safe space, suspending constricting structural conditions such as hierarchies and lack of time, fostering moral imagination, allowing creativity in developing and trying out a variety of acting alternatives, and reflecting upon the observed and experienced situation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2016. Vol. 11, no 1, 9-18 p.
Abuse in health care, professional-patient relation, health care, power, Forum Theater, Forum Play, constant comparative method, ethical learning
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-106233DOI: 10.1177/1477750915622032OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-106233DiVA: diva2:714813
At the time for thesis presentation publication was in status: Manuscript
At the time for thesis presentation manuscript was named: Forum Play as a Method for Ethical Learning: A Qualitative Study among Swedish Health Care Staff2014-04-292014-04-292016-09-29Bibliographically approved