During her AUFF-Ukraine research fellowship Anastasiia Sydorenka will be working on the project “Workplace bullying in cardiac surgery or how to prevent medical errors because of bad communication.”
It is not usual to speak openly about the phenomena of bullying in medicine, especially to bring the problem outside the department or institution. Many researchers and journalists who have tried to investigate this problem of bullying show that it is as old as the profession, widespread and is in a vicious circle of abuse of power and authority. The psychological consequences of hierarchical relationships in the cardiac surgery team need additional research, it is especially important to understand when this is a part of highly effective treatment outcomes, and when it is the cause of poor team communication and possible medical errors.
This project aims to increase the professional resilience of cardiac surgeons who are just beginning their practice and reduce the phenomenon of bullying in the profession, regardless of gender, age, nationality and other individual differences. To do this I also hope to find out which leadership styles are currently most used in cardiac surgery departments and/or clinics compared to bullying problem and then open reporting of morbidity and complications.
Dr. Anastasiia Sydorenko received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Kharkiv Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education in Ukraine. She is a researcher and certified psychotherapist in emotionally focused therapy. Her research has focused on comprehensive psychological support for patients with heart disease and their loved ones, as well as the prevention of emotional burnout in medical staff.
The Department of Psychology, School of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University