A survey of the availability of a clinical ethics support system for healthcare professionals in Aotearoa, New Zealand – 2021

Mrs Mascha Moerenburg1

1University Of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

The literature describes ethical burdens that fall on healthcare practitioners. In Aotearoa, New Zealand there is limited availability of a clinical ethics support service that healthcare professionals can call on. Ethical issues arise frequently throughout all areas of Aotearoa’s health service, ranging from hospitals, to community service, primary care providers, residential care facilities (both the care for the elderly and disability services) and private healthcare providers. Service appears to be inconsistent, and a clear picture is not available. Experience abroad indicates that availability of an adequate clinical ethics support system results in improved quality of care, improved ethics literacy, reduced moral distress and reduced burn-out in healthcare professionals.

The focus of this research project will be an online survey that will be distributed to healthcare professionals working in the different settings in Aotearoa. Barwon Health (Geelong, Victoria Australia) presented an online ethics survey at the 2019 conference of the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law. The online questionnaire provided insight into the ethics support needs of their clinicians. The Barwon Health questionnaire has been adapted to be more suited for the settings in Aotearoa.

This presentation aims to share preliminary insights and results with regards to the outcomes of the survey that is currently in the development process and about to be rolled out.



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