Systematic review of the impact of patient death on surgeons.

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Serval ID
serval:BIB_C3C49E462FE2
Type
Article: article from journal or magazin.
Collection
Publications
Institution
Title
Systematic review of the impact of patient death on surgeons.
Journal
The British journal of surgery
Author(s)
Joliat G.R., Demartines N., Uldry E.
ISSN
1365-2168 (Electronic)
ISSN-L
0007-1323
Publication state
Published
Issued date
10/2019
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
106
Number
11
Pages
1429-1432
Language
english
Notes
Publication types: Journal Article ; Systematic Review
Publication Status: ppublish
Abstract
The death of a patient is experienced at some time by most surgeons. The aim of this review was to use existing literature to establish how surgeons have dealt with the death of patients.
A systematic review of the medical literature was performed. MEDLINE/PubMed, Ovid, Web of Science, Embase, and Google Scholar were searched for qualitative and quantitative studies on surgeon reactions when facing death or a dying patient. This systematic review was performed following the recommendations of the Cochrane collaboration and reported following the PRISMA guidelines. Individual and interview-based opinions were summarized and synthesized.
An initial search found 652 articles. After exclusion of articles that did not satisfy the inclusion criteria, 20 articles remained and seven were included. Two of these articles were personal opinion of the author and five were interviews or surveys. The main findings were that facing death routinely induces a strong psychological burden and that surgeons are more at risk than the general population to develop psychological morbidity.
Although it is a frequent and emotional subject in the surgical world, the impact of patient death on surgeons is not abundantly studied in the literature. Dealing with patient death or taking care of a dying patient might have long-lasting psychological impact on surgeons.
Keywords
Attitude of Health Personnel, Attitude to Death, Humans, Occupational Stress/etiology, Physician-Patient Relations, Surgeons/psychology
Pubmed
Web of science
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18/08/2019 15:02
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28/02/2020 6:19
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