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Support for healthcare professionals after surgical patient safety incidents: a qualitative descriptive study in 5 teaching hospitals.

Serou N, Husband AK, Forrest SP, et al. J Patient Saf. 2021;Epub Apr 22.

Clinicians involved in a medical error may experience emotional distress, shame, and self-doubt. This qualitative study with medical and non-medical operating room staff at five hospitals in the United Kingdom explored support received after involvement in a patient safety incident. Participants were most likely to receive support from their peers after a patient safety incident, but highlighted a lack of institutional-level emotional and professional support and the need to cultivate an organizational culture where seeking support is not perceived as a sign of weakness.