Delivering treatment to morally injured UK military personnel and Veterans: The clinician experience

Military Psychology

Victoria Williamson, Dominic Murphy, Sharon A. M. Stevelink, Shannon Allen, Edgar Jones & Neil Greenberg

https://doi.org/10.1080/08995605.2021.1897495

Abstract

This study explored the experiences of clinicians in providing treatment in cases of military-related moral injury (MI). Qualitative interviews were carried out with 15 clinicians. Clinicians found patients experienced particular maladaptive appraisals following MI, which were considered different from the responses experienced after threat-based trauma. To address MI-related distress, clinicians utilized a range of treatment approaches. Several difficulties in providing care to patients following MI were described, including the impact of providing treatment on the clinicians own mental health. This study provides detailed insight into the approaches currently used to identify and treat UK Veterans with MI-related psychological problems. These findings highlight the need to evaluate the effectiveness of the treatments currently provided for MI-related psychological problems and suggest developing best practice guidance may improve clinician confidence in delivering care to those adversely impacted by MI.

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