IHI starts National Coalition for Equity in Healthcare with AMA, Race Forward

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement has partnered with the American Medical Association and others to create Rise to Health: a National Coalition for Equity in Healthcare, which launched Dec. 6.

The coalition, which includes Race Forward, seeks to improve equity not only for patients, but for staff by reducing what Kedar Mate, MD, calls "moral injury."

"Burnout is an inadequate description of what the workforce is actually experiencing," Dr. Mate, president and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, said in a press conference Dec. 5. "I characterize their experience as a moral injury, which describes the phenomenon of feeling tasked to do something that workers see as part of their professional commitments but are unable to fulfill them due to structural and organizational barriers."

During the press conference, Dr. Mate described the results of an intervention test using the methods proposed for the coalition. The IMI's intervention resulted in a 67 percent decrease in burnout measures, whereas the comparative organization saw a 20 percent increase in turnover in the same time period.

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