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Safely practicing in a new environment: a qualitative study to inform physician onboarding practices.

Lagoo J, Berry WR, Henrich N, et al. Safely practicing in a new environment: a qualitative study to inform physician onboarding practices. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2020;46(6):314-320. doi:10.1016/j.jcjq.2020.03.002.

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May 13, 2020
Lagoo J, Berry WR, Henrich N, et al. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2020;46(6):314-320.

As part of a quality improvement initiative to enhance surgical onboarding, the authors used semi-structured interviews with 20 physicians to understand potential areas of risk when a physician begins working in an unfamiliar setting. Qualitative analysis found that three key findings: (1) physicians often receive little to no onboarding when starting to practice in a new setting, which can limit their ability to provide safe care; (2) physicians felt onboarding inadequately fostered strong interpersonal relationships among health care teams, which impedes psychological safety and team cohesion, and; (3) physicians noted an increased risk of patient harm during emergency situations in new settings due to lack of understanding of culture, workflow, roles/responsibilities and available equipment.

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Lagoo J, Berry WR, Henrich N, et al. Safely practicing in a new environment: a qualitative study to inform physician onboarding practices. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2020;46(6):314-320. doi:10.1016/j.jcjq.2020.03.002.