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Journal Article > Commentary
Heiss K, Clifton M. Semin Pediatr Surg. 2019;28:189-194.
This commentary examines how burnout and medical error contribute to diminished physician well-being. The authors highlight the importance of peer support in physician recovery and discuss the role of individuals, leaders, and organizations to recognize the problem and enhance the safety of the workplace.
Journal Article > Study
The surgeon as the second victim? Results of the Boston Intraoperative Adverse Events Surgeons' Attitude (BISA) study.
Han K, Bohnen JD, Peponis T, et al. J Am Coll Surg. 2017;224:1048-1056.
Health care providers who experience psychological harm associated with adverse events are often referred to as second victims. This survey of surgeons found that the majority who could recall an intraoperative adverse event experienced negative emotions, and only a minority accessed formal support systems. This work emphasizes the need to build systems to provide support for second victims.