Nicholas’ Article Presentation

Recently, third semester undergraduate member, Nicholas, presented his article presentation and MOM preparation on Academic Emergency Physicians’ Experiences with Patient Death by Jared Strote, Erika Schroeder, John Lemos, Ryan Paganelli, Jonathan Solberg and Range Huston. This study aimed to identify the effects of patient death on emergency physicians (emergency medicine) and the coping mechanisms they use to deal with these events. The researchers collected data from participants from four regions—mountain, south, southwest, and northwest—via surveys on measures of physical, emotional and life changing responses to patient deaths. They looked at the frequency of encountering death, training experiences, emotional responses and coping strategies of the physicians. Data was looked at through chi-square analysis to evaluate the relationships between responses and the independent variables. Results showed significant results among gender differences, years since residency when compared to physical symptoms after patient death. Results also showed significance with years since residency and frequency of witnessing death among server actions or changes among the physicians. Lastly, they found that participants reported rarely receiving debriefing after the deaths, and emergency physician coping mechanisms in response to patient deaths consisted mostly of talking with colleagues and friends/family. Great work Nicholas!  

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