Dec 5, 2018
The term moral injury has been gaining popularity in the internet-sphere, especially after, Wendy Dean MD and Simon Talbot MD's article was released on STAT news. Moral Injury is an important topic to discuss as this terminology offers a broader understanding than the word "burnout."
Burnout is often thought of in a way that health professionals have something wrong with them: they aren't resilient enough, they need to learn to meditate or do yoga, for example. Yet moral injury suggests something larger is at play. The consequences of this terminology and mindset change are immense, as we learn that hospital dynamics, insurance, litigation, electronic medical records, and policy must evolve, for health professionals to thrive.
Learn from our guests Wendy Dean MD and Simon Talbot as we discuss moral injury and it's implications on healthcare.
Wendy Dean MD
"A psychiatrist by training, Dr. Dean left clinical medicine when generating revenue crowded out the patient-centered priorities in her practice. Her focus since has been on finding innovative ways to make medicine better for both patients and physicians--technologically, ethically, and systemically. " (https://www.moralinjury.healthcare/)
Simon Talbot MD
"Dr. Talbot is a reconstructive plastic surgeon who routinely sees the most challenging clinical cases requiring a combination of surgical skill, judgment, and a strong doctor-patient relationship. He is regularly confronted with obstacles to providing the best care for these patients, and recognizes the consequent moral injury of healthcare." (https://www.moralinjury.healthcare/)
Moral injury is committing an act or failure to prevent an act that is a transgression of deeply held moral beliefs.
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