If I Betray These Words

by Wendy Dean
If I Betray These Words

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Offering examples of how to make medicine better for the healers and those they serve, If I Betray These Words profiles clinicians across the country who are tough, resourceful, and resilient, but feel trapped between the patient-first values of their Hippocratic oath and the business imperatives of a broken healthcare system. Doctors face real risks when they stand up for their patients and their oath; they may lose their license, their livelihood, and for some, even their lives. There's a growing sense, referred to as moral injury, that doctors have their hands tied - they know what patients need but can't get it for them because of constraints imposed by healthcare systems run like big businesses. Workforce distress in healthcare-moral injury-was a crisis long before the COVID-19 pandemic, but COVID highlighted the vulnerabilities in our healthcare systems and made it impossible to ignore the distress, with 1 in 5 American healthcare workers leaving the profession since 2020, and up to 47% of U.S. healthcare workers now planning to leave their positions by 2025. If I Betray These Words confronts the threat and broken promises of moral injury - what it is; where it comes from; how it manifests; and who's fighting back against it. We need better healthcare-for patients and for the workforce. It's time to act.
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Offering examples of how to make medicine better for the healers and those they serve, If I Betray These Words profiles clinicians across the country who are tough, resourceful, and resilient, but feel trapped between the patient-first values of their Hippocratic oath and the business imperatives of a broken healthcare system. Doctors face real risks when they stand up for their patients and their oath; they may lose their license, their livelihood, and for some, even their lives. There's a growing sense, referred to as moral injury, that doctors have their hands tied - they know what patients need but can't get it for them because of constraints imposed by healthcare systems run like big businesses. Workforce distress in healthcare-moral injury-was a crisis long before the COVID-19 pandemic, but COVID highlighted the vulnerabilities in our healthcare systems and made it impossible to ignore the distress, with 1 in 5 American healthcare workers leaving the profession since 2020, and up to 47% of U.S. healthcare workers now planning to leave their positions by 2025. If I Betray These Words confronts the threat and broken promises of moral injury - what it is; where it comes from; how it manifests; and who's fighting back against it. We need better healthcare-for patients and for the workforce. It's time to act.