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Financial Times: ‘I just feel broken’: doctors, mental health and the pandemic.

Burnout and the burden of life-and-death decisions have driven some exhausted front-line staff to the edge. In this long-form piece by Financial Times writer India Ross, Dr. Wendy Dean lends her expertise as a psychiatrist and the framework of moral injury to contextualize the deep trauma facing healthcare workers today.

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Psychology Today: The World in Trauma

Co-authored with Elena Perea, M.D., a psychiatrist and adjunct associate professor at the UNC School of Medicine.

The country of the United States is experiencing complex trauma. That trauma is silently influencing how we think, how we make decisions, and how we act in powerful ways that are predictable to experts in psychological trauma, but often obscure to those in the midst of it. Drs. Dean and Perea explain how this dynamic occurs and how to best address the challenges that accompany it. The world is in deep trauma due to COVID-19.

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St. Andrews Healthcare presents Working with Moral injury in Healthcare Settings: Evidence and Practice

St Andrew’s Healthcare and the British Psychological Society are delighted to be jointly hosting a one day conference to bring together health professionals and the leading researchers in this field to explore conceptual and clinical issues relating to Moral Injury.

Moral injury has predominantly been explored in military populations, although more recently its relevance to past and currently serving police, paramedics, healthcare practitioners, veterinary practitioners, journalists and teachers has been explored. Dr. Wendy Dean will present on her foundational work with moral injury.

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WebMD: Moral Injury: Pandemic’s Fallout for Health Care Workers

Originally used to describe what soldiers experience in wartime, moral injury in health care began to be applied to health care even before the pandemic, says Wendy Dean, MD, a psychiatrist and the president and co-founder of Moral Injury of Healthcare, a nonprofit devoted to reframe clinician distress as moral injury — and to work to improve the source of it, which she and others say is the health care system itself.

“We came onto the pandemic already with distress, and the pandemic hit on top — an acute layer of distress,” Dean says.

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SUNY Downstate: Moral Injury Grand Rounds

Drs. Dean and Talbot will present on moral injury at SUNY Downstate on December 2, 2020 at 11am.

The event will be held virtually. The doctors will present for 30 minutes and have 30 minutes of Q&A.

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Forbes: There Are Words To Describe What’s Happening To Our Health Workforce – And Burnout Is Not It

What exactly is moral injury – and how do we address the continued challenges faced by healthcare workers?

Moral Injury: An erosion of a person’s moral framework that results from violation(s), often leading to one questioning their field of practice or work as trustworthy or safe. This can often be thought of as providers having highly conflicting allegiances between work demands and the Hippocratic Oath. 

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Open post Nurses Feeling the Strain of the COVID Pandemic Say the Resurgence Is ‘Paralyzing’

Researchers are concerned that nurses working in a rapidly changing crisis like the pandemic can develop a psychological response called “moral injury.”

“Probably the biggest driver of burnout is unrecognized unintended moral injury.”

In parts of the country over the summer, nurses got some mental health respite when cases declined, said Dr. Wendy Dean.

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