Condition category
Not Applicable
Date applied
05/05/2020
Date assigned
12/05/2020
Last edited
11/05/2020
Prospective/Retrospective
Prospectively registered
Overall trial status
Ongoing
Recruitment status
Recruiting

Plain English Summary

Background and study aims
A supportive ethical climate and ethical sensitivity are essential for nurses to understand the vulnerability of and discern the caring needs of their care recipients. However, the impact of contextual and personal factors on the caring efficacy of nurses from an ethical perspective has not received research attention. The aims of this study are to investigate the associations between ethical climate and the caring efficacy of nurses, as well as the mediating role of ethical sensitivity in this association.

Who can participate?
Enrolled nurses or registered nurses who work as full-time nursing staff

What does the study involve?
A total of 191 participants will be recruited by random sampling from two hospitals. Participants will complete a set of online questionnaires to examine the associations between ethical climate and the caring efficacy of nurses and the mediating role of ethical sensitivity.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
The associations of ethical climate and ethical sensitivity with caring efficacy of nurses revealed from this study will guide ways to cultivate a conducive environment and strengthen the caring competency of nurses. The results of this study will enable evidence-based caring practice for providing holistic care and improving quality of care. There is no potential risk of participating in this study.

Where is the study run from?
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
May 2020 to April 2021

Who is funding the study?
Nethersole Institute of Continuing Holistic Health Education (Hong Kong)

Who is the main contact?
Dr Fiona Tang
wktang@cuhk.edu.hk

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Public

Primary contact

Dr Fiona Tang

ORCID ID

https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7457-7820

Contact details

Room 628
6/F
Esther Lee Building
Shatin
New Territories
Hong Kong
NA
Hong Kong
+852 (0)3943 4235
wktang@cuhk.edu.hk

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

Nil known

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Nil known

Protocol/serial number

Proposal_Caring project_version 1_2.4.2019

Study information

Scientific title

Impacts of the ethical climate of the clinical environment and ethical sensitivity of nurses on their caring efficacy

Acronym

Study hypothesis

There are two objectives in the study:
1. To examine the association of ethical climate of clinical environment and ethical sensitivity of nurses with their caring efficacy
2. To investigate the mediation effect of ethical sensitivity on the association between ethical climate and caring efficacy

Ethics approval

Approved 25/09/2019, Joint Chinese University of Hong Kong and New Territories East Cluster Research Ethics Committee (8/F, Lui Che Woo Clinical Sciences Building, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong; +852 (0)3505 3935; crec@cuhk.edu.hk), ref: 2019.226

Study design

Descriptive correlational study with a cross-sectional design

Primary study design

Observational

Secondary study design

Cross sectional study

Trial setting

Hospitals

Trial type

Other

Patient information sheet

Not available in web format, please use the contact details to request a participant information sheet

Condition

Caring efficacy of nurses

Intervention

Participants will be randomly selected from two local hospitals. The complete list of eligible nurses affiliated to the hospitals will be used to compile a sample frame for random selection of participants.

Participants will complete a set of online questionnaires, which consists of three scales: Hospital Ethical Climate Survey, Moral Sensitivity Questionnaire-Revised and Caring Efficacy Scale. The approach of Baron and Kenny will be adopted to examine the associations between ethical climate and caring efficacy of nurses and the mediating role of ethical sensitivity.

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Drug names

Primary outcome measure

1. Nurses’ appraisal of ethical climate of clinical environment measured using Hospital Ethical Climate Survey (HECS) at a single timepoint
2. Ethical sensitivity of nurses measured by Moral Sensitivity Questionnaire-Revised (MSQ-R) at a single timepoint
3. Caring efficacy of nurses measured using Caring Efficacy Scale (CES) at a single timepoint

Secondary outcome measures

There are no secondary outcome measures

Overall trial start date

01/05/2020

Overall trial end date

30/04/2021

Reason abandoned (if study stopped)

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

1. Enrolled Nurses or Registered Nurses
2. Work as full-time nursing staff
3. Consent to participate in the study

Participant type

Health professional

Age group

Adult

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

191

Participant exclusion criteria

Does not meet inclusion criteria

Recruitment start date

15/05/2020

Recruitment end date

31/12/2020

Locations

Countries of recruitment

Hong Kong

Trial participating centre

Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital
11 Chuen On Rd, Tai Po, NT
Hong Kong
-
Hong Kong

Trial participating centre

Tai Po Hospital
9 Chuen On Rd, Tai Po, NT
Hong Kong
-
Hong Kong

Sponsor information

Organisation

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Sponsor details

6/F
Esther Lee Building
Shatin
New Territories
Hong Kong
852
Hong Kong
+852 (0)39434235
wktang@cuhk.edu.hk

Sponsor type

University/education

Website

http://www.nur.cuhk.edu.hk/

Funders

Funder type

University/education

Funder name

Nethersole Institute of Continuing Holistic Health Education (NICHE)

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Planned publication in a high-impact peer-reviewed journal within a year after completion of the study.

IPD sharing statement
The datasets generated and/or analysed during the current study during this study will be included in the subsequent results publication.

Intention to publish date

30/04/2022

Participant level data

Other

Basic results (scientific)

Publication list

Publication citations

Additional files

Editorial Notes

11/05/2020: Trial's existence confirmed by Joint Chinese University of Hong Kong and New Territories East Cluster Research Ethics Committee.