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ERIC Number: EJ1321823
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2021-Jan
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2353-5415
Ethical Dilemmas in Sharing Transformative Experiences with Patients in a Clinical Setting: A Reflective Account
Khan, Marion
International Journal for Transformative Research, v7 n1 p1-8 Jan 2021
I write this article as a postgraduate researcher undertaking a doctorate in Education, with an interest in research as a transformative process, and fascinated by the debate as to whether reality is objective or subjective. In reflecting on this, I recalled a significant incident that occurred when I was Professional Education Lead in an NHS hospital. I had been asked to work with a nurse, who had been disciplined as a consequence of talking about her Christian faith with a patient. The nurse was assuming that, in sharing experiences that were transformative for her, she might also transform the patient's perception of her own illness and its meaning. As a Christian myself, I was caught in a situation where I could understand the conflicting perspectives of all key players, including the patient, her family, the nurse, and the NHS managers. I explore how I mediated my way through this situation, aiming to do justice to all perspectives, and the ethical dilemmas I faced when having to choose between personal and professional values. As a consequence of this incident, I have learned that, not only is transformation a deeply personal experience, but because it is either influenced by, or leads to, a specific world view, it supports the idea of reality being subjective rather than objective.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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