Towards collective moral resilience: The potential of communities of practice during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond Journal Article


Authors: Delgado, J.; Siow, S.; de Groot, J.; McLane, B.; Hedlin, M.
Article Title: Towards collective moral resilience: The potential of communities of practice during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond
Abstract: This paper proposes communities of practice (CoP) as a process to build moral resilience in healthcare settings. We introduce the starting point of moral distress that arises from ethical challenges when actions of the healthcare professional are constrained. We examine how situations such as the current COVID-19 pandemic can exponentially increase moral distress in healthcare professionals. Then, we explore how moral resilience can help cope with moral distress. We propose the term collective moral resilience to capture the shared capacity arising from mutual engagement and dialogue in group settings, towards responding to individual moral distress and towards building an ethical practice environment. Finally, we look at CoPs in healthcare and explore how these group experiences can be used to build collective moral resilience. ©
Keywords: ethics; clinical ethics; applied and professional ethics; education for health care professionals
Journal Title: Journal of Medical Ethics
Volume: 47
Issue: 6
ISSN: 0306-6800
Publisher: B M J Group  
Date Published: 2021-06-01
Start Page: 374
End Page: 382
Language: English
DOI: 10.1136/medethics-2020-106764
PROVIDER: scopus
PMCID: PMC7992383
PUBMED: 33762300
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Notes: Review -- Export Date: 1 July 2021 -- Source: Scopus
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  1. Margot A Hedlin
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