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Letters Moral injury

Physician burnout: moral injury is a questionable term

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 03 June 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l2375
  1. Michael J Asken, director
  1. Provider Wellbeing, UPMC Pinnacle Health Hospitals, Harrisburg, PA 17101, USA
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I think that use of the term “moral injury” in medicine1 is highly inappropriate, as explained in an upcoming publication and briefly summarised below.2

The concept of moral injury, poignant as a psychoemotional impact of war, is misplaced when applied to the practice of medicine. Suggesting equivalence between the experience of warriors and the (very real) …

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