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NTD: Doctors Struggle With ‘Moral Injury’ Caused by Business Side of Health Care

“In modern day healthcare, who is really in charge of how patients are treated? Healthcare providers are starting to speak out about how the business side of the industry can interfere with doctors providing the best care for patients. Some call it a “broken healthcare system.”

Dr. Wendy Dean was interviewed by Melina Wisecoup, in the NTD studio in New York City, to discuss moral injury and the business of healthcare.

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Lown Institute: The Link Between Overuse and Burnout

Clinician burnout—feeling unfulfilled, emotionally exhausted, and detached—has become an epidemic. While frustrating electronic medical records play a significant role in burnout, there is more to the issue than just administrative burden. Clinicians are facing a crisis of morality. The movement to bring attention to moral injury highlights the ways in which overuse and burnout are linked. The systemic factors that lead to overuse and waste are also hurting clinicians. Read The Link Between Overuse and Burnout on the Lown Institute below.

Al Jazeera: Burned out doctors or broken healthcare system?

Doctors say bureaucracy and litigious nature of healthcare industry undermines their oath to uphold patient safety.

According to Dr Wendy Dean, “every time medical professionals have to choose anything other than their patient, it can be indicative of moral injury, or it predisposes them to moral injury.” Dr Dean and Dr Simon Talbot first used this term in a 2018 opinion piece that resonated with many. Listen to Dr. Dean and others on Al Jazeera: Burned out doctors or broken healthcare system? below

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Medscape, MD Says: How Doctors Can Stop Burnout and Moral Injury


MD Says: How Doctors Can Stop Burnout and Moral Injury: Wendy and her coauthors have recently written articles describing the difficulties, frustrations, and some of the burnout that physicians have been experiencing lately. According to Wendy, this is not burnout. It’s much, much worse. This is moral injury that’s being inflicted upon physicians. Read the transcript and watch the video at the link below.

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The Happy Doc Podcast: Moral Injury, Ep. 100,

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 suggests a health professional is at fault for their emotional state: they aren’t resilient enough, and that they need to learn to recover better. 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 its implications on healthcare.

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Accad & Koka Report: Ep. 31 Is moral injury the cause of physician burnout?

Physician burnout has attained epidemic proportions.  It is highest among all professions and new research indicates that doctors commit suicide at a rate that is twice that of the general population, leading to a loss of approximately one physician per day.  And it’s not only doctors who are at risk.  Patients too may suffer the consequences, as medical errors have now been linked to the issue of physician depression and burnout.

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