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    STUDIA BIOETHICA - Issue no. Special Issue / 2021  
         
  Article:   MORAL CHALLENGES OF ETHICS SUPPORT STAFF. DEVELOPING A MORAL COMPASS FOR FACILITATORS OF MORAL CASE DELIBERATION.

Authors:  WIEKE LIGTENBERG, MARGREET STOLPER, BERT MOLEWIJK.
 
       
         
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DOI: 10.24193/subbbioethica.2021.spiss.74

Published Online: 2021-06-30
Published Print: 2021-06-30
pp. 115-116


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ABSTRACT: Parallel Session II, Room 2 Ethics support staff often help others to deal with moral challenges. However, they themselves can also experience moral challenges when practicing ethics support. Facilitators of Moral Case Deliberation (MCD) sometimes for example experience ethical questions when it comes to (breaking) confidentiality. Facilitators might find themselves compelled to intervene or act upon things they hear or see whilst facilitating a MCD. For example, a MCD facilitator finds out that a participant does something illegal. Or, what to do if a MCD facilitator is asked to inform the Inspectorate about details of a MCD? When is a facilitator allowed or obligated to break confidentiality and share information with others? How to make such a decision? And, if allowed to break confidentiality, how to do this in a morally sound way? Currently there are no moral guidelines on how to act upon these questions. We conducted empirical research that explores moral challenges of MCD facilitators related to confidentiality and develops a moral compass which provides directions to approach these challenges. Data collection consists of three complementary methods: * analyses of 3 a 4 audiotaped and transcribed MCD sessions about how and when to break confidentiality; * in-depth interviews about the topic; * focus group to validate the findings and co-create a moral compass. In our presentation, we will reflect upon both the theoretical and normative considerations concerning confidentiality in ethics support and the empirical results of this study. Furthermore, we will present a preliminary version of a moral compass in order to strengthen the moral competency of MCD facilitators.
 
         
     
         
         
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