WebMD: Moral Injury: Pandemic’s Fallout for Health Care Workers

Originally used to describe what soldiers experience in wartime, moral injury in health care began to be applied to health care even before the pandemic, says Wendy Dean, MD, a psychiatrist and the president and co-founder of Moral Injury of Healthcare, a nonprofit devoted to reframe clinician distress as moral injury — and to work to improve the source of it, which she and others say is the health care system itself.

“We came onto the pandemic already with distress, and the pandemic hit on top — an acute layer of distress,” Dean says.

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