Palliative care (PC) clinicians are faced with ever-expanding pressures, which can make it difficult to fulfill their duties to self and others and lead to moral distress. Understanding the pressures that PC clinicians face and the resources that could be employed to ease their moral distress is crucial to maintaining a healthy PC workforce and to providing necessary PC services to patients. In this paper, we discuss recommendations related to two promising pathways for supporting PC clinicians in providing high-quality PC: (1) improving systemic PC delivery and (2) strategies to promote ethical practice environments and individual resilience. Enacting these recommendations holds promise for sustaining higher-quality and accessible PC and a more engaged PC workforce.
Heinze, K. E., Holtz, H. K., & Rushton, C. H. (2017, June 1). Strategies for promoting high-quality care and personal resilience in palliative care. AMA Journal of Ethics. American Medical Association. https://doi.org/10.1001/journalofethics.2017.19.6.pfor2-1706