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AMA online education aimed at reducing COVID-related ‘psychological injury’ among physicians

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Chicago — The American Medical Association has made available five new open access educational modules in an effort to provide physicians with proven strategies to support their well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Acute stress experienced by physicians and care teams during the pandemic requires that hospitals and health systems have an infrastructure and resources to support health care professionals, AMA states in a recent press release.

The modules “provide a pathway to rapidly reconfigure priorities around physician well-being and meet the biggest new drivers of stress in a crisis setting,” AMA President Susan R. Bailey said in the release. “Just as we are able to flatten the COVID-19 infection curve through proactive use of masks, hand hygiene and social distancing, it is necessary to take steps to reduce psychological injury involving health professionals.”

The modules are:

 

AMA also is providing access to two free surveys to help health care organizations monitor their care team members during the pandemic. These surveys can be used to track stress levels, identify drivers of stress and develop infrastructure based on responses from health care professionals.

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