Journal Article
Study

Supporting clinicians after adverse events: development of a clinician peer support program.

Lane MA, Newman BM, Taylor MZ, et al. Journal of patient safety. 2018;14:e56-e60.

The second victim phenomenon refers to the emotional and psychological toll experienced by clinicians who are involved in an adverse event. Peer support has been shown to benefit second victims, especially if initiated promptly after an adverse event. This study describes the implementation and early effects of a second victim peer support program at an academic medical center, which involved training physicians and advanced practice providers as peer supporters. A WebM&M interview with Dr. Albert Wu discussed ways that organizations can support second victims.