Researchers seek Canadian health care workers for study on moral distress

Study aims to better understand the pandemic's impact on health care workers

Parkwood Institute - Researchers from Lawson Health Research Institute and the Centre of Excellence on PTSD and Related Mental Health Conditions are seeking 500 Canadian health care workers to participate in a study on moral distress and psychological wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will complete online surveys once every three months for a total of 18 months. The goal is to better understand the pandemic’s impact on health care workers in order to minimize moral distress and support wellbeing during future pandemic events.  

Moral distress is a form of psychological distress that occurs following an event that conflicts with a person’s moral values or standards. Through previous research with military populations, moral distress has been linked to an increased risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression.

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