Journal Article
Review

The impact of adverse events on clinicians: what's in a name?

Wu AW; Shapiro J; Harrison R; Scott SD; Connors C; Kenney L; Vanhaecht K.

Word choice can impact buy-in for programs and integrating concepts across an organization. This review examines the term "second victim" as a label for health professionals involved in adverse events. The authors explore both constructive and negative reactions to the term and suggest that context and culture affect the appropriateness of its use.