Decisions and repercussions of second victim experiences for mothers in medicine (SAVE DR MoM).
Approach to Improving Safety
Physicians who experience emotional consequences after adverse events are referred to as second victims. In this survey study of 5782 physicians who identify as mothers, nearly half reported involvement in an error. Most of those respondents described feeling guilt and were more likely to report burnout. Participants reported a wide variety of errors; treatment errors were the most common but diagnostic errors were associated with more severe harm to patients. The authors conclude that strategies to mitigate burnout among second victims are urgently needed. A previous PSNet interview discussed the second victim phenomenon and interventions to address it.