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New Bioethics Book First to Address Moral Distress in Healthcare

A new book, Moral Distress in the Health Professions, by co-editors Connie Ulrich, PhD, RN, FAAN, the Lillian S. Brunner Chair in Medical and Surgical Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing), and Christine Grady, PhD, RN, FAAN, Chief of the Department of Bioethics Research at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, is the first on the market or within academia dedicated solely to moral distress among health professionals.

The book brings conceptual clarity about moral distress and distinguishes it from related concepts, with explicit attention given to the voices and experiences of health care professionals from multiple disciplines and from many parts of the world.  Contributors explain the evolution of the concept of moral distress, sources of moral distress (including those that arise at the unit/team and organization/system level), and possible solutions to address moral distress at every level.

“This volume provides information not only for academia and educational initiatives, but also for practitioners and the research community,” says Ulrich. “We believe it will serve as a professional resource for courses in health professional schools, bioethics, and business, as well as in all care settings in which moral distress originates.”

About the Editors

Dr. Ulrich is a nurse-bioethicist at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing with a secondary appointment in the School of Medicine, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy.  She has received federal funding and foundational grants for her research and has authored publications in medical, nursing, and bioethical journals.  She is an elected fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a global Salzburg Fellow.

Dr. Grady is a nurse-bioethicist at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, and formerly was a Commissioner on President Obama’s Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. In addition to multiple publications in the biomedical literature, Dr. Grady has authored or edited several books. She is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and of the Hastings Center, and a senior research fellow at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics.