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Table 3 Residents’ Coping Strategies for Self-Perceived “Most Serious” Medical Errors

From: Medical errors during training: how do residents cope?: a descriptive study

Coping Strategya Mean SD
Adaptive
 Planning 5.56 ± 0.98
 Active coping 5.52 ± 0.98
 Use of institutional support 5.12 ± 0.95
 Use of emotional support 4.90 ± 0.96
 Acceptance 4.68 ± 0.93
 Positive reframing 4.08 ± 0.93
 Humor 3.16 ± 0.92
 Religion 3.00 ± 0.86
Maladaptive
 Self-blame 5.16 ± 0.96
 Self-distraction 4.64 ± 0.96
 Venting 3.82 ± 0.84
 Behavioral disengagement 2.80 ± 0.69
 Substance abuse 2.54 ± 0.61
 Denial 2.36 ± 0.50
  1. aEach coping strategy comprises of two questions on the survey, ranked individually on a 4- point Likert scale. Minimum score = 2, maximum score = 8