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

By Simon G. Talbot and Wendy Dean

Simon G. Talbot, M.D., is a reconstructive plastic surgeon at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.
Wendy Dean, M.D., is a psychiatrist, VP of business development, and senior medical officer at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine

July 26, 2018 |  Stat

Physicians 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.

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