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What happens when a public health professional knows the ethically right thing to do, but isn’t able to do it? The emotional state that arises from this conflict is called “moral distress.” While this topic has been well defined and studied in the field of nursing, the COVID pandemic has brought to light similar conflicts faced by those who work in public health--first responders, contact tracers, policy makers and others who are charged with providing essential services for public health yet often work in difficult conditions with conflicting responsibilities and not enough resources and support--either from their organizations or the public they serve. Join our expert panel as we discuss how and why moral distress is arising in the public health workforce and delve into potential interventions to prevent and address it.
This webinar recording is intended for:
Public health professionals and students
Health care professionals, students and trainees
Members of the community interested in public health and ethics