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Forum Play as a method for learning ethical practice: a qualitative study among Swedish health care staff
Linköping University.
Linköping University.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Health and Caring Sciences. Linköping University.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5200-1740
2016 (English)In: Clinical Ethics, ISSN 1477-7509, E-ISSN 1758-101X, Vol. 11, no 1, p. 9-18Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background In Scandinavia 13–28% of gynecology patients have experienced abuse in health care in their life time, which contradicts the ethical obligations not to harm the patient and to protect the patient's dignity. Concerning learning to act ethically, scholars have emphasized the importance of combining theoretical and practical dimensions. This article explores Forum Play as a way of learning to act ethically in abusive situations in health care.

Method Ten health-care workers participating in a Forum Play course took part in this study. To explore participants' experiences of Forum Play, semi-structured interviews were conducted and processed by using the grounded theory analysis techniques of coding and constant comparison.

Results The analysis resulted in the core category "developing response–ability." It encompasses the processes bringing about the ability to respond adequately to situations where abuse occurs and the conditions for these processes, as well as the participants' achieved understanding of the third person's potential to act in a situation with a power imbalance. Forum Play allows participants to reflect on both verbal and body language, and gives them time to enact and think through issues of moral agency.

Conclusion The simulated reality of Forum Play offers a platform where learning to act ethically in abusive situations in health care is facilitated by providing a safe space, suspending constricting structural conditions such as hierarchies and lack of time, fostering moral imagination, allowing creativity in developing and trying out a variety of acting alternatives, and reflecting upon the observed and experienced situation.

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2016. Vol. 11, no 1, p. 9-18
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Medical Ethics
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Health and Caring Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-51677DOI: 10.1177/1477750915622032Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84959190906OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-51677DiVA, id: diva2:915809
Available from: 2016-03-31 Created: 2016-03-31 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved

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