I am currently writing a short film that hopes to shed light on physician struggles with "moral injury."
- People are called to medicine because they are hard workers, risers to responsibility, self-starters and driven to help those in need. Doctors choose a stressful, but meaningful life…But when practice becomes much about compliance with outer demands that are in conflict with inner morals and record keeping compromises much of the day, our “why” is deeply compromised. Energy depletes. We can become exhausted, detached and pervaded by a sense of ineffectiveness (the burnout trio). Turning doctors into drudges, drones, data entry experts and diminished substitutes of themselves is a misuse of their talents and leads to moral injury. Our loss of joy in practice, our 50% rate of symptoms of “burnout,” may be due to moral injury in medicine.*
Whether the concept of moral injury resonates with you or you think it's complete horse crap, I'm open to hearing from all of you so that I can paint a sensitive and accurate portrayal of this issue. Please PM me if you have something to share.
Thank you for your time.
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