The aim of this study is to identify perceived priority dilemmas, experienced moral distress and support among health personnel in the health trust Helse Vest during the COVID-19 epidemic. There is little research on clinical priorities, moral distress and support during pandemics and our study, which goes on over time and involves different professions, all clinical fields of medicine and various levels and sizes of hospitals, has never been done before. Results from our study can be useful in future preparations for pandemics, in capacity building in ethics among health professionals and to adjust support-mechanisms in hospitals.

All nurses and physicians in Helse Bergen, Helse Stavanger, Helse Førde and Haraldsplass Diakonale Sykehus are invited to participate in order to investigate how employees in various disciplines and departments are directly or indirectly affected by the COVID-19 epidemic. Participants are asked to complete a questionnaire and the survey will be sent out in three different phases of the COVID-19 epidemic. The study is approved by REK (131421) and is managed and conducted by the Dept. for Research and Development, Helse Bergen Health Trust. Collaborators are Bergen Centre for Ethics and Priority Setting, University of Bergen and Department of Psychology, University of Bergen.