There are a wealth of resources in the Clinician Wellbeing chapter in the ACP Covid Physician’s Guide. Of pertinence for many of us right now … as the pandemic continues with little short-term end in sight … are the sections on moral injury and communication.
Resource shortages are frequently at the root of this moral distress (we are essentially being thrown into a triage situation). Key resources currently being impacted include the time and attention and setting to be able to have effective decision making and goals of care discussions with patients and families.
As always, some of the most important resources any of us have are our colleagues and friends – we all need to discuss and debrief with them regularly.
I would be glad to talk with anyone about this or related concerns. Just send me an email to get the conversation started.