More interventions required to address second-victim experiences among healthcare students: Study


A recent systematic review published in BMC Medical Education looks into a phenomenon known as second-victim experiences among healthcare students. It explains that when healthcare students are involved in or witness stressful clinical events during their practical training, this experience can result in an emotional disturbance known as a second-victim experience. The researchers reviewed 18 studies to understand the efforts, methods, and outcomes of interventions that were used to help health students in these situations. They highlight some successful interventions, but generally note that there are significant gaps in tested training interventions. They call for improved collaboration between healthcare training stakeholders to promote a learning culture in which students can learn from errors and develop the resilience they need to cope with the realities of clinical practice.

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