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The objective of the proposed pilot study is to assess the feasibility and implementation of the SMART-MR program, an integration of stress management, general resilience, and moral resilience skills, with frontline staff who provide direct patient care at The Ottawa Hospital (TOH).


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Many of the sources of stress facing healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic involve difficult ethical trade-offs that give rise to moral distress. Moral distress has personal consequences for healthcare workers, notably for their mental health, and wider consequences for the organization and health system as a whole as it negatively affects quality of care, patient satisfaction, and the recruitment, retention and satisfaction of staff. Moral resilience refers to the capacity of an individual to sustain or restore their integrity in response to moral adversity and has been raised as a potential way to mitigate moral distress. The Stress Management and Resilience Training (SMART) program is one of the few evidence-based interventions designed to build resilience in healthcare workers. The SMART program is a brief, neuroscience-based intervention, typically delivered in a single 90-minute session. The structured program teaches self-care skills by developing intentional attention and the ability to reframe potentially stressful situations more quickly. Recently, a modified version of the existing SMART program, SMART-Moral Resilience (SMART-MR), has been developed with an additional focus on reducing moral distress and building moral resilience for healthcare workers. The synergy of general resilience strategies with focus on the moral/ethical dimensions of clinical practice offer clinicians specific skills to address ethical challenges. We believe implementing the SMART-MR program with frontline staff during the COVID-19 pandemic is warranted. Therefore, we plan to pilot this innovative intervention at TOH to assess its feasibility and implementation. ;


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NCT number NCT05122910
Study type Interventional
Source University of Ottawa
Contact Kylie McNeill, PhD
Phone 613-737-8899
Email [email protected]
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date November 2021
Completion date September 2022

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