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Purpose This study surveyed sources of moral distress within rehabilitation counseling practice. Method A mixed-methods approach, the study used both quantitative and qualitative analyses. Results Of the 83 participants who completed the survey, the average rating of moral distress was 4.32 (uncomfortable), with 43% reporting a distress rating of 5 (uncomfortable/distressing) or higher. Based on the descriptions, common sources of moral distress involved (a) compromised service delivery, client welfare, and resources, (b) conflicts between client, treatment team, and family, (c) leadership and climate, and (d) organizational policy and practice. Conclusions Implications address areas for ongoing discussion, including considerations for how to address moral distress to potentially reduce professional burnout and compassion fatigue with in rehabilitation counseling.
Rehabilitation Research, Policy and Education – Springer Publishing
Published: Jun 21, 2021
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