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Supporting Mental Health and Preventing Moral Injury Among Long-Term Care Workers

A gender and culture sensitive toolkit for treating moral injury or for identifying and providing resources to support workers


Long term care (LTC) is at the centre of tragic outcomes of COVID-19 and LTC workers are facing pronounced risk for occupational stress related injuries including moral injury. Moral injury results from guilt and/or shame that accompanies knowing what is needed yet being unable to do what is needed owing to constraints outside one’s control. For LTC workers, moral injury may occur from experiences such as guilt over being required to “police” end of life visits where family members are only permitted to touch dying loved ones through gloved hands. Moral injury is being newly and necessarily applied to understand occupational stress of healthcare workers during COVID-19 because compared to individually focused concepts such as burnout, moral injury locates

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