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Does one size fit all? Assessing the need for organizational second victim support programs.

Edrees HH, Wu AW. J Patient Saf. 2021;17(1):e247-e254.

Unanticipated adverse events harm not only patients, but also have the potential to cause psychological harm to the healthcare providers involved in the incident. This study investigated how Maryland hospitals currently support “second victims.” Even though all study participants agreed that organizations should offer support programs to second victims, they stated that several barriers exist, including stigma. Future research efforts should involve second victims themselves in order to identify barriers and facilitators, such as safety culture, to the use of organization support programs.