A Demanding Health System
A recent article by Simon G. Talbot, MD, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and Wendy Dean, MD, a psychiatrist in Carlisle, Penn., entitled “Physicians aren’t ‘burning out.’ They are suffering from moral injury,” shines profound truth on what we are experiencing today (Statnews.com. Published July 26, 2018.). They define “moral injury” as “a deep soul wound that pierces a person’s identity, sense of morality, and relationship to society,” and say that the moral injury of healthcare is being unable to provide high-quality care and healing in the context of healthcare.
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Developing our own competency as a leader and having an organization focus on the competency of those who are in leadership positions is critical as we hope to not only survive but thrive in the face of the burnout epidemic.