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Journal Article

The natural history of recovery for the healthcare provider "second victim" after adverse patient events.

Scott SD, Hirschinger LE, Cox KR, et al. Quality & safety in health care. 2009;18:325-30.

Committing a medical error can cause profound emotional distress for clinicians, to the point that clinicians have been called the "second victim" of errors. This study examined how clinicians recover from the psychological stress of being involved in an error, and discusses the factors associated with recovery. A previous AHRQ WebM&M case commentary also explores how providers recover from such errors.