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The Covid-19 pandemic has amplified the immediate need for medical institutions to better support the emotional well-being of clinicians who are facing important emotional stressors, including grief from seeing so many patients die, fears of contracting the virus and infecting their family members, and anger over health care disparities and other systems failures. This article highlights the cultural and structural barriers that have caused existing emotional support programs to fail and describes key strategies that institutions can use to design peer-support programs that clinicians will embrace, such as reframing emotional stress, proactively engaging clinicians, making professional mental health services accessible, and holding institutional leadership accountable for clinician well-being.


Shapiro, J., & McDonald, T. B. (2020). Supporting Clinicians during Covid-19 and Beyond — Learning from Past Failures and Envisioning New Strategies. New England Journal of Medicine.