Hero worship alone doesn’t protect frontline clinicians from distress. Dr. Wendy Dean is interviewed on the role of psychological trauma and the role it will play in the coming weeks and months as healthcare continues to reckon with the coronavirus pandemic.
What is moral injury and why is it important? Wendy Dean, MD, helps guide us in this conversation about Moral Injury and why it is so important in the context of COVID-19. This is our second appearance on the Happy Doc Podcast. Thanks for having us back, Dr. Brana!
Health experts say it’s crucial to acknowledge and mitigate the risks to clinicians mental health in the short and long terms.
Medical workers treating COVID-19 patients are at increased risk of mental health issues. Experts say it’s crucial to acknowledge and mitigate those risks in the short and long terms. Dr. Wendy Dean was interviewed for her perspective on how to shift the oncoming moral injury onslaught.
Medical Workers Fighting COVID-19 Are Facing a Mental Health Crisis. If healthcare workers can’t provide the care they typically believe is medically necessary for their patients, they may experience a phenomenon known as “moral injury,” says Dr. Wendy Dean, a psychiatrist and the co-founder of the nonprofit Moral Injury of Healthcare.
Moral injury is also coming to the forefront as physicians consider rationing scarce resources with too little guidance. Which surgeries truly justify use of increasingly scarce PPE? A cardiac valve replacement? A lumpectomy? Repairing a torn ligament? Dr. Dean explores these questions in the latest piece for Medscape entitled: COVID-19 Is Making Moral Injury to Physicians Much Worse.
The sad truth is that many physicians are dissatisfied with their careers. They still enjoy helping their patients, but often feel beaten down by many challenges that overwhelm the reason they went into medicine in the first place. Surveys show that many physicians blame a lack of autonomy for their frustration. But what does physician autonomy mean in today’s healthcare world?
In the video below, Dr. Wendy Dean is interviewed by Medscape on how physicians can reclaim their autonomy and find satisfaction in their roles again. The transcription is available on Medscape, or by clicking here.