Malnutrition in elder care : qualitative analysis of ethical perceptions of politicians and civil servants
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Original versionMamhidir, A.-G., Kihlgren, M. & Sørlie, V. (2010). Malnutrition in elder care : qualitative analysis of ethical perceptions of politicians and civil servants. BMC Medical Ethics, 11: 11. doi: 10.1186/1472-6939-11-11
New knowledge about malnutrition in elder care related to ethical responsibility was illuminated by persons holding top positions. Malnutrition was stressed as an important dimension of the elder care quality. Governing at a distance meant having trust in the staff, on the one hand, and discomfort and distrust when confronted with reports of malnutrition, on the other. Distrust was directed at caregivers, because despite the fact that education had been provided, problems reappeared. Discomfort was felt when confronted with examples of poor nutritional care and indicates that the participants experienced failure in their ethical responsibility because the quality of nutritional care was at risk.