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Physician trainees experience significant moral distress when they feel pressured to provide futile care at or near the end of life.

Comment: The authors recommend that trainees speak with colleagues and physician supervisors about their moral dilemmas as a way to cope. Formal education regarding end of life care may help alleviate the moral distress. Not addressing the moral distress may lead to detachment and a loss of empathy.

J Gen Intern Med. 2016 Jan;31(1):93-9.    (retrieved Oct, 2016). There are currently 1080 pearls in the database. While every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, mistakes can and do occur. Use databank at your own risk. All pearls © 2021 by the Internet Medical Association. Click Here to view more medical pearls.