Collective Moral Resilience: Moving Forward

Conference: The Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion & Philosophy (ACERP2022)
Title: Collective Moral Resilience: Moving Forward
Stream: Medical Ethics
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Janet Delgado, University of Granada, Spain


Moral resilience is defined as the capacity to sustain or restore integrity in response to moral complexity, confusion, distress, or setbacks. This term has been mainly developed in the context of healthcare. However, moral resilience's main focus is on individual aspects, such as self-regulation capacities or self-care. We have introduced the term “collective moral resilience” to capture the shared capacity arising from mutual engagement and dialogue in group settings, in response to moral distress, and towards building an ethical practice environment. Since this term is still under construction, in this presentation we aim to explore what are the main components of collective moral resilience that can lead a group of professionals to overcome the ethical and moral difficulties arising in the pandemic and beyond. Particularly, we focus on the connections between the individual and the collective level, and the relationship with these two terms: the concept of relational integrity and the concept of vulnerability. We believe that a better understanding of the key elements of collective moral resilience, together with the connections with these related terms can be of great value to support healthcare professionals during the pandemic and beyond. For doing that, organizational commitment is required. In addition, applying the term into the formation of healthcare students, and residents would be a necessary step to promote an ethical practice environment.

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