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Pressures to "measure up" in surgery: managing your image and managing your patient.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Annals of Surgery
0003-4932
Publisher
Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer) - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication Date
Volume
256
Issue
6
Pages
989–993
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1097/SLA.0b013e3182583135
PMID: 22824849
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Sociopsychological literatures can be linked with decision-making and cognitive capacity theory. When cognitive resources reach their limit during critical and uncertain moments of an operation, the consumption of resources by the pressures of reputation and ego might interfere with the thought processes needed to execute the task at hand. Recognizing the effects of external social pressures may help the surgeon better self-regulate, respond mindfully to these pressures, and prevent surgical error.

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