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Coping and recovery in surgical residents after adverse events: the second victim phenomenon.

Khansa I, Pearson GD. Coping and recovery in surgical residents after adverse events: the second victim phenomenon. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2022;10(3):e4203. doi: 10.1097/gox.0000000000004203

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April 20, 2022
Khansa I, Pearson GD. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2022;10(3):e4203.

Some clinicians experience profound emotional distress following an adverse event, known as the “second victim” phenomenon. This study of surgical residents in the US found that most residents who reported being part of a medical error had subsequent emotional distress, including guilt, anxiety, and insomnia. Importantly, while three quarters of residents reported they did not get emotional support following the event, all those who did get support reported benefiting from it.

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Khansa I, Pearson GD. Coping and recovery in surgical residents after adverse events: the second victim phenomenon. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2022;10(3):e4203. doi: 10.1097/gox.0000000000004203