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Medical Ethics and COVID-19


Naming and Addressing Moral Injury of Care during COVID-19

Year Developed: 2022

Resource Type: Publication.

Primary Audience: Clinicians
Secondary Audience: Administrative Staff Board of Directors C-Suite (CEOs, CFOs, CIO, COOs, CMOs, etc.) Enabling Staff Outreach Staff PCAs

Language(s): English

Developed by: National Health Care for the Homeless Council (See other resources developed by this organization).

Resource Summary: There may be no definite answer to many ethical questions, but discussion and grounding in ethical principles allows space for providers to share their experiences and find solidarity with their peers. The Council held four listening sessions facilitated by subject matter experts. Each session provided framing on a different aspect of medical ethics considering COVID-19 with ample time for discussion. Topics included general medical ethics, ethics and vaccine hesitancy, ethics and emergency shelter, and moral injury. The purpose of this document is to summarize ethical challenges providers have faced during COVID-19 and share strategies to address moral injury stemming from difficult ethical decisions.

Resource Topic: Clinical Issues, Special and Vulnerable Populations

Resource Subtopic: COVID-19, Community, Health, and Housing Partnerships.

Keywords: Housing, Immunization, Infectious Diseases, Persons Experiencing Homelessness.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $6,625,000 with 0 percentage financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.