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The Impact of Complications and Errors on Surgeons - Invitation to take part in a National Survey


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14 Oct 2016

We all know that things can go wrong in surgery and dealing with the consequences of complications and errors is part and parcel of a surgeon’s life. But how are surgeons affected by adverse events? What impact do adverse events have on surgeons both professionally and personally? Have surgeons developed effective coping strategies resulting in a degree of stress immunity.

Until now, large scale research in this area has been carried out in healthcare systems outside the UK which are often markedly different to the NHS.

Fellows and Members are invited to take part in the first large scale national study within the UK that will:

  • Provide a detailed national picture of the challenges, responses, and resilience surgeons have when dealing with adverse events.
  • Provide the basis for more appropriate and better targeted support, enhancing the quality of surgeons’ professional and personal lives and help them to use their experiences to improve their practice.

It is not only surgeons who are impacted by errors and complications – the whole theatre and surgical care team may be affected. Our planned survey may therefore be the start of a much larger process designed to support those who care for surgical patients.

Take the survey here.


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