WORKING GROUP 3

Ethical Issues of rationing of nursing care

The objectives of Working Group 3 are: to explore the deeper moral meaning of rationing within its ethical perspectives and outcomes, b) to facilitate discussion on the various dimensions of ethics related to rationing of nursing care and the impact on nurses (e.g. moral distress) and patients (e.g. dignity), c) to discuss the ethical, organisational, practical and economic aspects of zero tolerance to rationing and other alternative approaches, d) to discuss the implications on patients’ and human rights including discrimination of care provision (e.g. towards particular age groups), e) to discuss the ethical and value principles underlying the decision-making process in clinical judgement, f) to analyse the ethical dimensions of family care as complementary or replacement to nursing care due to rationing, g) contrasing the central values of nursing with the complex practical realities of rationing.

Working Group 3 Progress Report