Moral Distress in Family Health Strategy: experiences expressed by daily life

  • Cecília Maria Lima Cardoso Centro Universitário de Sete Lagoas; Faculdade Ciências da Vida
  • Maria Odete Pereira Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Danielle de Araújo Moreira Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Hanna Beatriz Bacelar Tibães Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Flávia Regina Souza Ramos Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Maria José Menezes Brito Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

Abstract

Objective Understanding the Moral Suffering experiences expressed in the daily life of the Family Health Strategy. Method This is a case study with a qualitative approach, conducted between August and October 2014 in a municipality of Minas Gerais. The sample was represented by 28 professionals of family health teams. Data were collected through interviews with semi-structured questionnaires, observation, projective technique and submitted to thematic content analysis. Results The results indicate that routine issues of the health care system lead professionals to experience a challenging practice in dealing with daily situations that contradict their ethical precepts and can compromise the quality of work, becoming triggers of Moral Distress. Conclusions Social vulnerabilities such as domestic violence, poor socioeconomic conditions and organizational weaknesses of the health system were the main triggers of Moral Distress. Therefore, it is necessary to amplify this reflection by workers of the Family Health Strategy, aiming to encourage the minimization of suffering experiences, considering their ethical values.

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Published
2016-06-01
How to Cite
Cardoso, C., Pereira, M., Moreira, D., Tibães, H., Ramos, F., & Brito, M. (2016). Moral Distress in Family Health Strategy: experiences expressed by daily life . Revista Da Escola De Enfermagem Da USP, 50(spe), 89-95. https://doi.org/10.1590/S0080-623420160000300013
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Original Article