The Moral Injury of Healthcare, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, was established in 2018. It was created in conjunction with the seminal article on moral injury in healthcare published by STAT News: Physicians aren’t ‘burning out.’ They’re suffering from moral injury.
We have heard from clinicians across the spectrum of healthcare – physicians, nurses, social workers, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, first responders, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and some administrators – that this language finally represents the truth of their experience.
But accurately describing the experience of distress is only the first step. The goal of this organization is to end the drivers of moral injury in healthcare. To do that we need to focus on three things:
- Valuing clinicians.
- Valuing the relationship between patients and clinicians.
- Rebuilding community—amongst clinicians, between clinicians and administrators, and between both of those groups and the patients they serve.