More Information: For Committee Opinion #681—Disclosure and Discussion of Adverse Events

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has identified additional resources on topics related to this document that may be helpful for ob-gyns and other health care practitioners.

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Resources for Ob-Gyns and Women’s Health Care Providers

Healing Our Own: Adverse Events in Ob-Gyn
This video is intended to help foster support of clinicians in the wake of serious and unexpected adverse health care events and outcomes. These events, with or without medical error, can cause significant distress for even the most experienced ob-gyn. In a series of interviews, ob-gyns describe the painful impact of such events, their recovery process, and suggestions for helping others.

External Resources

Communication and Optimal Resolution (CANDOR) Toolkit
The Communication and Optimal Resolution (CANDOR) process, developed by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, is a process that health care institutions and practitioners can use to respond in a timely, thorough, and just way when unexpected events cause patient harm.

Respectful Management of Serious Clinical Adverse Events, 2nd ed.
This white paper, part of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Innovation Series, introduces a strategy with tools designed to support two processes: proactive planning for the management of serious clinical adverse events, and the reactive emergency response of an organization without such a plan.

forYOU Team – Caring for Our Own
The forYOU Team is sponsored by the University of Missouri Health System under the direction of MU Health Care’s Office of Clinical Effectiveness to support distressed employees. The forYOU Team provides a form of “emotional first aid” designed to provide crisis support and stress management interventions for particularly stressful situations such as traumatic clinical events, failure of rescue efforts following prolonged intervention, an adverse patient outcome, the death of a child, and other events that are unusually emotionally challenging and stressful in our health care environment.

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