Quality & Science

Stories of Clinician Wellbeing Amidst COVID-19

by | June 30, 2020

Like many clinicians, those that treat addiction have been under tremendous stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are often serving a patient population at increased risk for contracting the coronavirus and for severe COVID-19 illness. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic is superimposed on an ongoing epidemic of drug overdose deaths. Clinicians are trying to balance the risks of two potentially deadly diseases, often forced to make complex medical decisions with potential life and death consequences without sufficient information.

ASAM wants to hear the stories of clinician wellbeing directly from our addictions community. We are looking for stories that describe the difficult feelings clinicians are experiencing and how they are finding ways to cope; how systems, organizations, workplaces are responding to clinician wellbeing; and how clinicians are navigating this individually and collectively. The spirit of this request is to show that we are not in this alone and to highlight how individuals and healthcare systems are taking steps to protect clinician wellbeing during this public health crisis and beyond.

Please link to here read to full guidance document on Clinician Wellbeing.

Submit your story of no more than 1500 words to covid@asam.org.