In this study, researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital, designed, implemented, and assessed the effect of the first surgery-specific peer support program in the US.
The program uses five steps:
The program had 47 interventions in 1 year that were distributed evenly between attending and trainee surgeons; 19% opted out of receiving support.
Most said they were satisfied with the program’s confidentiality (89%), safe/trusting environment (73%), and timeliness of the intervention (83%). A total of 81% said the program had a positive effect on the safety and support culture of the department, and that they would recommend the program to a colleague.
At 1 year, the researchers concluded that the program is highly used and well received; areas for improvement include: identifying events requiring outreach and increasing awareness of the program throughout the department.Read More >>