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Table 5 Frequency of discussion of ethical issues (survey 2)

From: The Norwegian national project for ethics support in community health and care services

Ethical challenge/topic Often Sometimes Seldom/never Do not know N
Patient autonomy 112 (54 %) 79 (38 %) 10 (5 %) 5 (2 %) 206
Decision-making competence 71 (35 %) 90 (45 %) 35 (17 %) 5 (2 %) 201
Cooperation with next of kin 63 (31 %) 110 (54 %) 28 (14 %) 4 (2 %) 205
Quality and competence in the services 58 (28 %) 120 (59 %) 23 (11 %) 3 (1 %) 204
Confidentiality 56 (28 %) 105 (52 %) 36 (18 %) 5 (2 %) 202
Scarcity of resources/personnela 56 (27 %) 92 (45 %) 50 (24 %) 7 (3 %) 205
Use of coercionb 54 (27 %) 84 (42 %) 54 (27 %) 7 (4 %) 199
Work environment/tolerance for criticism 48 (24 %) 102 (50 %) 52 (25 %) 2 (1 %) 204
End-of-life ethicsc 27 (14 %) 62 (31 %) 97 (49 %) 12 (6 %) 198
Challenges with different cultures 20 (10 %) 62 (31 %) 105 (53 %) 11 (6 %) 198
  1. a:More often discussed in nursing homes, least often in mental health care
  2. b:More often discussed in nursing homes and sheltered housing, less often in other institutions
  3. c:Primarily a topic in nursing homes (82 % often or sometimes), seldom in other institutions