As health systems address employee mental health, they’re finding women are most at-risk. Moral injury is front and center on the spectrum of harm.
Health care providers face a rising mental and emotional toll amid the pandemic. Peer support programs can alleviate internal burdens and create a spirit of shared empathy.
The intense decisions clinicians have to make during the pandemic don’t just cause burnout. They cause moral injury. Hosted by Arielle Duhaime-Ross (@adrs), host and lead reporter of Reset.
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For many of the nation’s physicians, doctoring has become an almost unrecognizable activity, and it started long before the COVID-19 crisis. Unfortunately, the doctors have no idea how to take care of themselves. Dr. Wendy Dean’s personal and professional stories are highlighted in this piece by Psychology Today’s Hara Marano.
The recent suicides of healthcare workers on the front lines highlight a potential second disaster in the making. Psychiatrist Wendy Dean is an expert on Moral Injury and talks about real solutions.
Dr. Wendy Dean was the featured mental health expert on MSNBC’s Live with Joshua Johnson on May 2, 2020. She first defines moral injury and then goes on to discuss the impossibly difficult decisions and conditions clinicians are working under during the coronavirus pandemic. She goes on to caution about calling healthcare workers heroes, because there will come a time when those heroes need to be human and process the trauma they have undergone during this time.
In this discussion, Dr. Wendy Dean and Arthur Caplan, PhD discuss the challenges facing physicians, and if unionization is the next move for physicians to protect themselves.
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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.