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The emotional fallout from the culture of blame and shame.

Ferguson CC. The Emotional Fallout From the Culture of Blame and Shame. JAMA Pediatr. 2017;171(12):1141. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.2691

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October 18, 2017
Ferguson CC. JAMA Pediatr. 2017;171(12):1141.

In this commentary, a physician recounts a mistake that led to an infant patient's death, critical statements made by senior faculty members after the incident, and feeling shame that affected her work and home life. The piece discusses approaches for enabling other clinicians to manage shame associated with poor outcomes through disclosure, introspection, and compassion for the fallibility of care providers.

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Ferguson CC. The Emotional Fallout From the Culture of Blame and Shame. JAMA Pediatr. 2017;171(12):1141. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.2691