The rise of suicide and burn out among physicians has been brought a new syndrome to healthcare impacting physicians and clinicians alike. In the military world, this condition affects soldiers and is referred to PTSD. But in healthcare, this syndrome is called moral distress.
Moral Distress Syndrome includes any or all of the following: depression, PTSD, risk of suicide, divorce, emotional detachment, inability to build relationships, and empathy. The current healthcare system is putting more physicians at risk and therefore, patients. There is a trend in medical schools to train future physicians on how to recognize and balance mitigating circumstances which can cause this syndrome.
The intent of this book is to raise awareness of this problem and to start the conversation between physicians who are impacted by this. The book presents all aspects of the Moral Distress Syndrome in a format familiar to physicians: A Grand Rounds with a magistral lecture. Presented in a business novel format, it describes a Grand Rounds with a magistral lecture where the audience asks questions pertaining to this syndrome and provides the answer as provided by the instructor. This format allows the reader to feel as they are participating in the discussion. Each chapter begins with an outline of the points discussed, much like a speaker presenting a slide presentation to an audience.
The book is divided into two parts. The first part of the book includes the research, the data, and provides a discussion of the issues and what can cause them. Moral Distress Syndrome, PTSD, Burn Out, suicide, divorce rates, emotional detachment, legal destress syndrome, and physicians leaving medicine are all topics discussed.
The second part of the book describes the direct experiences of physicians impacted by moral distress. Through the main character and a lecture setting, the author describes the pain, the emotions, and the distress many physicians experience today. Focus in this section centers on physician empathy to try to point out problems, weaknesses, and issues, and attempts to find possible solutions for physicians facing the same issues. At the end of this section, the author discusses the societal, patients and physicians’ responsibilities, the birth of the Moral injury and the AMA’s recommendations for physicians suffering from Moral Distress Syndrome.
PART I: THE ISSUES FUELING THE MORAL DISTRESS SYNDROME
PART II: THE DOCTOR, THE MAN
PART III: THE SOCIETY AND THE SUFFERING PHYSICIANS