Coping With Moral Distress: A Guide for Healthcare Providers Caring for Patients with Serious Illness
Have you ever disagreed with a treatment decision involving a seriously ill or dying patient? Have you ever had to deliver care that you felt was inappropriate or even harmful, or been prevented from delivering care you knew would help ease suffering? Have you ever left work feeling you failed to do the right thing? If so, you have probably experienced moral distress.
Every healthcare provider has a personal moral code, a set of values that works in conjunction with their professional duty to provide beneficial treatment, to do no harm, and ultimately provide the best care. When you participate in or observe situations that are in conflict with your own values, moral distress can occur.
This eBook will help improve your ability to handle morally challenging situations in the workplace that can spill over into daily life. It delivers strategies that address moral distress and strengthen professional and personal resilience so the important work of providing all levels of care can continue.
What You’ll Learn
- Recognizing moral distress in yourself and others by examining the relationship between personal values and professional ethics.
- Understanding moral distress, and unpack its emotional influence and weight, particularly in end-of-life situations.
- Responding to moral distress with personal and professional strategies.
- Coping with the challenges of future cases.
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