Special Issue "Moral Distress and Mental Health among Healthcare Professionals"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Mental Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 June 2022) | Viewed by 21047
Interests: clinical psychology; moral distress; intensive care; health psychology
Interests: clinical psychology; health psychology; healthcare communication; moral distress
Interests: qualitative and mixed-methods research; healthcare professionals’ distress and well-being, moral distress; psychosocial risk factors; medication and behavioural adherence; clinical psychology; health psychology
Moral distress is a frequent experience in the healthcare landscape. Moral distress was defined by Jameton (1984) as the painful feeling that occurs when clinicians cannot carry out what they believe to be appropriate because of personal or institutional constraints. Since this definition, the concept of moral distress has been theoretically refined and scales have been developed to measure it among nurses and other healthcare professionals. Research showed that moral distress has a profound impact on the individual and organizational well-being, affecting job satisfaction and retention and leading to depression and depersonalization. The suffering caused by moral distress has become more evident during the COVID-19 pandemic, where many clinicians have found themselves need to provide care in a context of limited resources. However, evidence is needed to better comprehend the relationship between moral distress and mental health outcomes among healthcare professionals. As moral distress may lead to positive behavioral and organizational changes if it is recognized and respected, the search protective factors for organizations and individuals should be promoted. Finally, as moral distress is becoming an emerging issue during the COVID-19 pandemic, new evidence is needed to design effective interventions to counteract it. In this Special Issue, we invite authors to contribute research exploring the links between moral distress and mental health, and on the factors and interventions that can address this phenomenon. New research papers, reviews, and case reports are welcome to this Issue. Papers reporting new approaches to assess and address moral distress are also welcome.Dr. Giulia Lamiani
Dr. Lidia Borghi
Dr. Marina Maffoni
Assistant Guest Editor
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- moral distress
- occupational well-being
- critical care medicine
- clinical psychology
- risk and protective factors