Trauma recovery in interprofessional cross-cultural contexts: Application of an ethical framework

Ian G. Barron (Lead / Corresponding author), Ghassan Abdallah

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Research into the complex interactions of personal, professional and interprofessional ethics is in its infancy. Where interprofessional decision making is made in cross-cultural contexts ethical dilemmas multiply; inversely, research to guide judgments is sparse. This study sought to explore interprofessional ethical decision making within a project, which delivered Western trauma-recovery training to counselors in Palestine. A cross-cultural interprofessional ethical framework was adapted and later applied to project decision making. A case study is presented based on field note reflections. Researchers perceived the following to be important in addressing ethical decision-making dilemmas: defining interprofessional and cross-cultural language; long-standing relationships of trust; workers liberated from organizational agendas; democratized processes; and flexible structures. Recommendations are provided to help plan and evaluate interprofessional cross-cultural initiatives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-380
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma
Issue number4
Early online date23 Apr 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Interprofessional ethics
  • cultural perspectives
  • trauma recovery
  • Middle East


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