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.
Dr. Wendy Dean discusses why the term “burnout” does not encompass the full scope of the problem of physician distress with the team at Medscape, and what can be done to address physician career dissatisfaction. It starts with accurate terminology. Watch below or the transcription can be found here.
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.