Turning the Tables: The Vulnerability of Nurses Treating Anorexia Nervosa Patients

Karen Wright, Doris Schroeder

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In bioethics, the concept of vulnerability is applied almost exclusively to research participants and patients. We turn the tables and apply the concept to nurses caring for anorexia nervosa (AN) sufferers. In doing so, and using results from a qualitative research study undertaken in the UK, we show that AN nurses face a significant probability of incurring identifiable harms (inauthentic relationships and nonreciprocal relationships). Some recommendations on how these harms can be avoided or mitigated are given, but further research is needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-227
Number of pages9
JournalCambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 09 Mar 2016


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