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Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms in Swedish Obstetricians and Midwives After Severe Obstetric Events: A Cross-sectional Retrospective Survey

Wahlberg, Å.; Andreen Sachs, M.; Johannesson, K.; Hallberg, G.; Jonsson, M.; Skoog Svanberg, A.; Högberg, U.

Obstetric Anesthesia Digest: June 2018 - Volume 38 - Issue 2 - p 80–81
doi: 10.1097/01.aoa.0000532274.59978.7b
Epidemiologic Reports, Surveys

(BJOG. 2017;124(8):1264–1271)

Health care professionals may experience psychological reactions such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after encountering a severe obstetric incident. The term “second victim” has been used to refer to the distress reported by health care providers after involvement in a medical error or poor patient outcome. This can be detrimental to both the provider and their future patients. This current cross-sectional retrospective study assessed the traumatic experiences reported by obstetricians and midwives following a severe obstetric event, the risk factors for developing PTSD, and the short-term and long-term professional consequences following such severe events.

Department of Women’s and Children’s Health/Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Uppsala University, Uppsal, Sweden

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