Moral Distress in Clinicians Caring for Critically Ill Patients Who Require Mechanical Circulatory Support

Author(s): Artem Emple, MD, Laura Fonseca, BA, Shunichi Nakagawa, MD, Gina Guevara, RN, Cortessa Russell, MD, and May Hua, MD, MS

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires May 31, 2026

Topics: Behavioral/Psychosocial, Cardiovascular

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Moral distress was high among clinicians who commonly care for patients receiving mechanical circulatory support, suggesting that use of this therapy may affect well-being among intensive care unit clinicians.


  • Identify three clinician characteristics that are associated with higher levels of moral distress.
  • Identify two clinician outcomes that are associated with higher levels of moral distress.
  • Identify three potential interventions that may help to alleviate moral distress in ICU clinicians.

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