Protecting Against Moral Injury among Healthcare Missionaries




Moral Injury, healthcare missionaries, cross-cultural healthcare


As mentioned in the introduction of our study in this issue, Moral injury among healthcare missionaries: a qualitative study, the setting of cross-cultural medicine inherently produces moral injury. This moral injury occurs because different cultures have different deeply held values, and medical care intersects with some of the most emotionally and spiritually powerful values. Moral injury is one of the most common reasons for distress in healthcare missionaries, and the consequences can be severe and lifelong. This calls for adequate preparation, ongoing mentoring, institutional boundary-setting, and further research. 

Author Biographies

James Ritchie, MedSend

MD, emergency medicine, Longevity Project

Michael Toppe, Marquette University

DMSC, PA, Associate Professor, Physician Assistant Studies

Doug Lindberg, Christian Medical & Dental Association

MD, Director for the Center for Advancing Healthcare Missions

Jason Paltzer, The Meros Center; Wisconsin Lutheran College

Dr. Paltzer is a visiting professor at Wisconsin Lutheran College and the founder/director of the Meros Center. Dr. Paltzer consults with faith-based health organizations in the areas of community assessment, evaluation, and program planning. His research interests include substance abuse in Central Africa and the implementation of faith-based integral mission health models in low-income communities. He received his PhD in Population Health Sciences in 2014 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his MPH from the University of Minnesota in 2003.  




How to Cite

Ritchie, J., Toppe, M., Lindberg, D., & Paltzer, J. (2023). Protecting Against Moral Injury among Healthcare Missionaries . Christian Journal for Global Health, 10(2), 3–5.

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