Care or justice? Ethical problems and solving strategies among health and social care professionals
The aim of this study was to examine ethical problems that health and social care professionals encounter in their work within the ethics of care and justice framework. Participants were 137 bachelor-degree professionals who reported a real-life moral conflict through a web-based survey. Data were analyzed using the Taxonomy of Real-Life Dilemmas, Moral Orientations, and thematic content analysis. Reported problems represented seven types of dilemmas; of these, applying rule and internal conflict emerged as new. With regard to client work, responding to the needs of others was the most common type of dilemma, and with regard to the work community, respectively, reacting to transgressions was the most common.