Moral Injury

Moral stress amongst healthcare workers during COVID-19: a guide to moral injury

  • Project Summary: This guide to moral injury during COVID-19 was developed as a practical resource for healthcare workers and organizations to better understand the range of moral emotions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and to develop organizational and individual strategies to mitigate risks of lasting harm.
  • Principal Investigators: Centre of Excellence on PTSD and Related Mental Health Conditions; Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health
  • Microsite: https://www.moralinjuryguide.ca/

Racial inequities and moral distress: a supplement to Moral stress amongst healthcare workers during COVID-19: a guide to moral injury

  • Project Summary: This short paper, based on a review of recent academic and grey literature, addresses the ways in which systemic discrimination within our society and the Canadian healthcare system collides with the COVID-19 pandemic to create and perpetuate stressors that can further weigh on racialized healthcare workers.
  • Principal Investigator: Centre of Excellence on PTSD and Related Mental Health Conditions
  • Microsite: https://www.moralinjuryguide.ca/

Moral injury and moral distress in emergency and protective services: the role of peer support

  • Project Summary: The objective of this project is to understand the nature of moral distress and moral injury in emergency and protective services, to identify whether and how peer support interventions respond to instances of moral distress and moral injury, and to explore what conditions best support the integration of moral distress and moral injury into peer support programs for emergency and protective services workers.
  • Principal Investigators: Fardous Hosseiny and Sara Rodrigues, Centre of Excellence on PTSD and Related Mental Health Conditions
  • Co-Investigators: Susan Farrell and Meghan Perkins, the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre; Peter Kelly, Ottawa Paramedic Service
  • Collaborators: Paul Sedge and Sarah Joynt, Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre; Lorraine Downey, Ottawa Paramedic Service
  • Partners: The Royal Ottawa, Ottawa Paramedic Service
  • Advisory Group: Yes

Reliability of the moral injury outcome scale (MIOS)

  • Project Summary: The goal of this work is to create a sound measure of moral injury as a multidimensional outcome, drawing on expertise from Australia, Canada, the UK, and the US.
  • Principal Investigators: Fardous Hosseiny and Stephanie Houle, Centre of Excellence on PTSD and Related Mental Health Conditions
  • Co-Investigators: Jakov Shlik, Clinical Director, Operational Stress Injury Clinic, The Royal Ottawa Hospital; Brett Litz, Boston University
  • Partners: Boston University, Operational Stress Injury Clinic – The Royal Ottawa
  • Advisory Group: No

Qualitative interviews in healthcare workers surrounding their experience of COVID-19 related moral injury

  • Project Summary: The aim of this project is to identify specific categories of events associated with COVID-19 related moral injury in healthcare workers, examine workplace factors associated with the onset of COVID-19-related moral injury among healthcare workers, determine patterns of psychological response associated with COVID-19-related moral injury in healthcare workers, and identify factors that buffer against COVID-19-related moral injury in healthcare workers.
  • Principal Investigators: Margaret McKinnon, McMaster University; Ruth Lanius, Western University
  • Co-Investigators: Dr. Patrick Smith, Fardous Hosseiny and Sara Rodrigues, Centre of Excellence on PTSD and Related Mental Health Conditions
  • Partners: McMaster University, Western University
  • Advisory Group: To be determined