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Introduction 

Introduction
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Introduction
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Cynda Hylton Rushton

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190619268.003.0001
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date: 09 March 2021

This introductory chapter covers the book editor’s personal and professional journey to provide the background for the book. The contours of the book are outlined. They include the nature of moral suffering and illustrate moral distress as a type of moral suffering. A pathway for examining moral adversity as the instigator of moral stress, which unrelieved can lead to moral suffering including moral distress, moral outrage and moral injury and the role of moral resilience including moral repair is outlined. The concept of integrity as the core of moral resilience and the dimensions of resilience that inform the concept of moral resilience are applied in the context of healthcare. Individual strategies to transform moral suffering and cultivate moral resilience and restore integrity are suggested. System transformation is possible by applying the Conscious Full Spectrum approach as a template for moral resilience and ethical practice in healthcare.

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