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Launching Team Conversations About Tough Topics

An Interactive Digital Magazine Approach to Talking About Moral Distress on Primary Care Teams

Health care teams in community health centers and other primary care settings work with patients, families and their local communities on some pretty challenging problems. Recent updates on provider well-being indicate that doctors, nurses and members of their clinical teams experience stress – along with their patients – especially when they aren’t able to do all the work they value or believe they should be doing. 

The latest issue of the Team Care Connections digital magazine, Conversations About Moral Distress and Moral Injury, tackles this tough subject and offers examples of how moral distress and moral injury may show up and what team members can do to prevent them and lessen their impact.

Team Care Connections’ Editorial Director, and Director of the Arizona State University Center for Advancing Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research, Gerri Lamb, PhD, shared:

 “Our goal for each of the issues of Team Care Connections is to provide health care teams with information and tools they can use to solve the tough problems they deal with every day. Health care professionals are remarkably resilient and creative people. The fun part for us is coming up with new ways to surprise them and generate “aha” moments.”

National experts share insights

Five national experts are featured in the Conversations About Moral Distress and Moral Injury issue of Team Care Connections. Through videos, quotes and narrative commentary, they share valuable tips and insights from their years of experience navigating moral distress and injury in health care.  

Moral Distress and Injury Feature Experts

Taking a "step in the right direction"

As fully interactive digital magazine, Team Care Connections features short and engaging articles with expandable resources and information for a deep dive into areas of interest. Each section includes direct links to references, and tips for using the magazine offer various approaches providers can take to get the most out of this easy to use team training tool. 

In speaking about the latest issue of Team Care Connections, Ron Yee, MD, MBA, FAAFP, Chief Medical Officer at the National Association of Community Health Centers noted:

 “The new magazine on Moral Distress and Moral Injury is an important step in the right direction. It’s exactly what providers are asking for – a nimble format that provides great information in real-time that is relevant, meaningful and practical for care teams and organizational leaders to make improvements.”

The format and content for the magazine were carefully researched and selected, explains Lamb, “Everything we include in Team Care Connections is guided by the needs and preferences of front line providers. The digital magazine format checked off the boxes they told us they wanted.”

Team Care Connection - Conversations About Moral Distress and Moral InjuryGetting the conversation going

The Team Care Connections digital training magazine can be used to introduce providers, students and teams to the challenges of moral distress and injury in health care – what it is and why it’s important, and how to talk about it.

Daniel Miller, MD, Chief of Clinical Integration and Graduate Medical Education at Hudson River HealthCare (HRHCare) and featured expert in the January issue, emphasized:

 “Those of us who choose to work in Community Health Centers are passionate about our work with our patients and our local communities. It is important and challenging work. I’m pleased to have this new magazine to get meaningful conversations underway.“

About Team Care Connections

Team Care Connections is produced by the ASU Center for Advancing Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research (CAIPER). The premier issue, Improving Team-Based Care for Vulnerable Populations, was launched in October 2019. The second issue, Conversations About Moral Distress and Moral Injury, was developed in collaboration with National Association of Community Health Centers and with consultation from national experts.

Visit the Team Care Connections on the CAIPER website to see the published issues.

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