Physicians aren’t ‘burning out.’ They’re suffering from moral injury

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By SIMON G. TALBOT and WENDY DEAN JULY 26, 2018

hysicians on the front lines of health care today are sometimes described as going to battle. It’s an apt metaphor. Physicians, like combat soldiers, often face a profound and unrecognized threat to their well-being: moral injury.

Moral injury is frequently mischaracterized. In combat veterans it is diagnosed as post-traumatic stress; among physicians it’s portrayed as burnout. But without understanding the critical difference between burnout and moral injury, the wounds will never heal and physicians and patients alike will continue to suffer the consequences.

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The term “moral injury” was first used to describe soldiers’ responses to their actions in war. It represents “perpetrating, failing to prevent, bearing witness to, or learning about acts that transgress deeply held moral beliefs and expectations.” Journalist Diane Silver describes it as “a deep soul wound that pierces a person’s identity, sense of morality, and relationship to society.”

The moral injury of health care is not the offense of killing another human in the context of war. It is being unable to provide high-quality care and healing in the context of health care.

https://www.statnews.com/2018/07/26/physicians-not-burning-out-they-are-suffering-moral-injury/
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One way capitalism does not work to provide the best care for patients.
 
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Your link doesn't address doctors in socialized medicine who also get burnt out.

Are they saying it doesn't happen to them also?

Only doctors in capitalist societies?
 

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Your link doesn't address doctors in socialized medicine who also get burnt out.
That would require a different study and different analysis, as would any country. And as such, each country - whether socialized or "free market" - would need its own solution. This article was about the United States, not any other country.

Are they saying it doesn't happen to them also?

Only doctors in capitalist societies?
She said nothing of the kind. You are making that up.
 
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That would require a different study and different analysis, as would any country. And as such, each country - whether socialized or "free market" - would need its own solution. This article was about the United States, not any other country.


She said nothing of the kind. You are making that up.
I never made anything up but fair enough.

If that study hasn't been done yet then we can't compare.

I have a feeling however, that if it is ever done, the results will be similar.
 
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Your link doesn't address doctors in socialized medicine who also get burnt out.

Are they saying it doesn't happen to them also?

Only doctors in capitalist societies?
Is there any country where doctors are fully public? Where there’s no private medical practices?

Maybe North Korea or Brunai or something?


I don’t know.