Delivering respect in surgery
It’s been almost six years since the College commenced work on the Building Respect Improving Patient Safety initiative. A 2015 investigation led by an expert advisory group – or EAG – uncovered issues around discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment.
Since the findings, the College has been implementing a long-term program of work to support professionalism in surgery. Recently, the College has conducted two surveys: the evaluation survey and a prevalence survey to ascertain current behaviours and attitudes relating to discrimination, bullying and harassment.
Ruth Friedman is the external evaluator of the RACS Building Respect Action Plan, who has been evaluating its work to build a culture of respect in surgery.