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Wisdom through adversity: Learning and growing in the wake of an error.
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PMID:  23395005     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE: Medical errors are a nearly universal experience for physicians. An error that harms a patient is one of the most difficult experiences that physicians face. Difficult experiences can result in growth. This study investigates how physicians coped positively with having made a serious mistake. This paper describes common elements identified in how physicians coped positively with these difficult circumstances, and the positive ways in which they learned and changed. METHODS: Physicians were recruited nationally through advertisement and word of mouth. Researchers conducted in-depth interviews with 61 physicians who had made a serious medical error. Verbatim transcripts were analyzed using a grounded theory approach and constant comparative analysis methodology. RESULTS: Our analysis identified five major elements in the process of coping positively with the experience of a serious medical error. These elements included acceptance, stepping in, integration, new narrative and wisdom. Subthemes further detail the content within each element. CONCLUSION: This study provides evidence that the experience of coping with a serious mistake can be formative in a positive way for physicians and provides a "roadmap" for growth through this experience. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: The profession must now seek ways to foster the development of wisdom out of these difficult experiences.
Margaret Plews-Ogan; Justine E Owens; Natalie B May
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-2-7
Journal Detail:
Title:  Patient education and counseling     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1873-5134     ISO Abbreviation:  Patient Educ Couns     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-2-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8406280     Medline TA:  Patient Educ Couns     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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