A2 Review article in a scientific journal
Healthcare professionals' ethical competence: A scoping review




List of Authors: Koskenvuori Janika, Stolt Minna, Suhonen Riitta, Leino-Kilpi Helena
Publication year: 2019
Journal: Nursing Open
Volume number: 6
Issue number: 1

Abstract

Aim

The aim of this study was to examine the extent and nature of the available research literature on healthcare professionals’ ethical competence and to summarize the research findings in this field.

Design

A scoping review guided by Arksey and O'Malleys methodological framework was conducted.

Methods

Six databases including Pubmed/Medline, CINAHL, Web of Science Core Collection, PsycInfo, Philosophers’ Index, and Scopus were searched systematically. Of 1,476 nonduplicate citations, 17 matched the inclusion criteria.

Results

Findings revealed that healthcare professionals’ ethical competence is a limited but topical research area. The focus areas of the studies were conceptualization, measuring, and realization of the ethical competence. The studies provided varying definitions and constructions for ethical competence and a few instruments to measure ethical competence were identified. Research in this area seems to be in a transition phase from theorization to empirical measurement. Methodologically, the research was rather heterogeneous and mainly focused on nurses.


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