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Physicians' Moral Stress During COVID-19: A Qualitative Analysis of Systems Factors

Mara Buchbinder, PhD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Grant Type Making a Difference
Grant Cycle fall 2020
Duration 24 months
Amount $226,041

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.

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