Preventing and Addressing Moral Injury Affecting Healthcare Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Behavioral Health Guidance and Resources [open pdf - 173KB]
From the Document: "Moral injury (sometimes known as moral distress) refers to the psychological, behavioral, social, and/or spiritual distress experienced by individuals who are performing or exposed to actions that contradict their moral values. Frontline healthcare workers may be at higher risk for moral injury during the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic because limited resource availability restricts their ability to provide the normal standard of care. Additionally, some healthcare workers may need to isolate at home due to COVID-19 symptoms and may unknowingly transmit the virus to a loved one. Healthcare workers who are isolated and/or quarantined are not able to return to work immediately, and this may produce guilt, shame, anger, or feelings of betrayal. This document is intended to support healthcare workers in identifying and preventing moral injury and providing support for those affected. This guidance may be adapted to meet individual needs and situational considerations."
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