This collaborative study by researchers at Duke University, Vanderbilt University, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, finds that COVID-19 healthcare workers (HCWs) experienced high rates of moral injury, comparable to rates among military veterans. Moral injuries are described as actions that conflict with values and beliefs, causing psychological harm.
The researchers analyzed data from 618 post-9/11 combat veterans and 2,099 COVID-19 HCWs.
Among the findings:
HCW experiences that conflicted with their moral values included the public’s disregard for preventing COVID-19 transmission, seeing patients die, enduring staffing shortages, rationing care and PPE, and disallowing visitors to see dying patients.
Though burnout is real and often discussed by HCWs, moral injury may be a more accurate description of their experience and may have implications for the future, the researchers note.Read More >>