Moral injury occurs when the basic elements of the medical profession are eroded, say Simon G Talbot and Wendy Dean. But how to avoid moral injury in physicians?
In July 2018, the physicians wrote an article that reframed clinician distress as moral injury, rather than burnout. In our view, “burnout” suggests a lack of resilience on the part of clinicians, implying that better self-care will resolve our distress, whereas “moral injury” more accurately locates the source of distress in a conflict ridden healthcare system.
Now, featured in the BMJ, they’ve expanded on what to do next.