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Journal Article

How surgical trainees handle catastrophic errors: a qualitative study.

Balogun JA, Bramall AN, Bernstein M. Journal of surgical education. 2015;72:1179-84.

According to this qualitative study, surgery resident physicians perceive that catastrophic errors result from system problems and provide lessons for future practice. Participants did not feel comfortable discussing errors with staff and reported work culture as a barrier to asking for support, demonstrating the need to teach trainees about error disclosure.