Ethics for Lunch – Moral Suffering: Challenges and Opportunities
The Johns Hopkins Hospital Ethics Committee &
The Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
Shannon Barnett, MD, MBE
Carol Long, CRNP
Matt Norvell, DMin, MS, BCC
The pandemic has intensified the frequency and complexity of ethical issues that clinicians confront in their day-to-day clinical practice. In response to these situations, clinicians are experiencing various forms of moral suffering ranging from moral stress to more corrosive moral injury. The consequences of these unresolved ethical concerns manifest in degraded physical, psychological, and moral well-being. Naming the sources of moral adversity that result in moral suffering, identifying the consequences, and exploring possible solutions offer a pathway to healing.
- Describe a continuum of moral suffering that may result from various types of moral adversity in clinical practice.
- Identify the individual, team, and organizational consequences of moral suffering.
- Discuss resources to support clinicians to restore their integrity and well-being in response to moral suffering.