Table 3

Sources of intra-staff conflict identified by UK nurses

How often do disagreements among staff arise over the following?
(1=almost never, 5=almost always) (mean and percentage answering either 3, 4 or 5)
Determination of patients' capacity to make decisions2.5451.4%
Adequacy of the informed consent process2.4548.8%
Use of patients in research projects1.9630.9%
How information is given to patients and families2.6355.6%
Deciding when a treatment is medically futile2.7060.3%
What treatment alternative is best for a patient2.6958.4%
When to consider the economic costs of a patient's care2.2038.8%