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Ethical imperative of psychological safety in healthcare: in response to the Manifesto for healthcare simulation practice
  1. Sharon Griswold1,
  2. Toshiko Uchida2,
  3. S Barry Issenberg3,
  4. Ivette Motola4,
  5. William C McGaghie5,
  6. Michael A Gisondi6,
  7. Amelia Lorenz7,
  8. Jeffrey H Barsuk2
  1. 1Department of Emergency Medicine, Penn State Health Milton S Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA
  2. 2Departments of Medical Education and Medicine, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  3. 3Departments of Medical Education and Medicine, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, USA
  4. 4Departments of Medical Education and Emergency Medicine of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, USA
  5. 5Department of Medical Education, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, USA
  6. 6Department of Emergency Medicine and The Precision Education and Assessment Research Lab, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, USA
  7. 7Northwestern University Clinical Education Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sharon Griswold, Emergency Medicine, Penn State Health Milton S Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA 17033, USA; sgriswold{at}pennstatehealth.psu.edu

Abstract

Psychological safety is valued in other high-risk industries as an essential element to ensure safety. Yet, in healthcare, psychological safety is not mandatorily measured, quantified, or reported as an independent measure of safety. All members of the healthcare team’s voice and safety are important. Calls for personal, physical or patient safety should never be disregarded or met with retaliation.

  • patient safety
  • standardised patients (actors)
  • COVID-19
  • safety
  • simulation faculty

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  • Contributors JHB, AL, TU and SG derived the original draft of the manuscript. All authors were responsible for the planning and reporting of the work and were responsible for the overall content and approval of the submission.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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