The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified stress among healthcare workers, leading to crises of moral integrity. This project investigates moral stress among physicians providing frontline care for COVID-19 patients in New York City and Seattle. Using interviews with 40 physicians in each city, the team will: (1) describe physicians’ experiences of moral stress during the pandemic; (2) assemble a conceptual framework mapping sources of moral stress in crisis and non-crisis conditions; and (3) develop and disseminate evidence-based recommendations to mitigate moral stress during the pandemic and beyond.
Physicians' Moral Stress During COVID-19: A Qualitative Analysis of Systems Factors
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill