Basis of the research program
This research programme has its roots in late 1990s. It is closely connected with the teaching of philosophy of health care and nursing in the Department of Nursing Science.
Following phases of the project have been implemented:
Phase I: Patients’ autonomy, privacy and informed consent 1998 – 2002
In this phase, instruments for evaluating the realisation of patients’ autonomy, privacy and informed consent in nursing interventions were created and tested internationally, in collaboration between Germany (Humboldt University/Berlin), Scotland (University of Stirling), Spain (Hospital de Sant Pau/Barcelona) and Finland (University of Turku). This phase was funded by the European Commission (BioMed programme).
Phase II: Ethical Codes in Nursing ECN 2002 – 2006
In this phase, an international comparative study was implemented in the field of ethical codes aiming to analyse the use and meaning of the codes to nurses in practice, in collaboration with eight European countries. This part was funded by the European Commission (4th Framework Programme).
Members in the international Ethical Codes in Nursing project (in the programme).
Phase III: Evaluation of the realisation of patients’ best and rights in different clinical fields 2002 -> 2009
In this phase, new instruments for evaluation the realisation of patients’ best and rights have been created and tested.
Following clinical fields have been under investigation:
Phase IV: Evaluation of the realisation of the value basis in
1) health care and nursing
3) education 2010 ->
In a current phase, the ethical evaluation has been continuing on the level of patients, and been broadened to nurses/health care professionals and on the level of organizations and society. Especially, the interest is the ethics of leadership, management and ethical environment.
RightTimePlaceCare (Older people care)
In connection of this Phase, also a research project in the field of older people nursing care and dementia patients, RightTimePlaceCare, has been made. This project was funded by the European Commission (7th Framework Programme) in collaboration with eight European countries.
See: RightTimePlaceCare on European Commission’s Research & Innovation site
See: RightTimePlaceCare on European Commission’s CORDIS site
Topics of earlier studies
Earlier studies (Theses of masters, licentiates and PhDs, 1990-2013) of the program have been analysed (see the Figures), and the description has been published (in Finnish):
Repo H, Hupli M, Salminen L, Suhonen R, Leino-Kilpi H, 2014. A70: Eettisiä kysymyksiä hoitotyössä ja terveydenhuollossa – Katsaus hoitotieteellisiin opinnäytetutkimuksiin Turun Yliopistossa. Hoitotieteen laitoksen julkaisusarja.