Fifty-three physicians from 13 states and nine different medical specialties used this tool. Forty-seven (88%) respondents were women and 24 (45%) were in training at the time the incident occurred. Forty-three respondents shared that the incident occurred between 2011 and 2019, while nine respondents’ incidents spanned 1986–2010.
Overall, 39 (73%) of respondents were White, 13 (24%) were Asian, four (7%) were Latinx, and one (2%) was African American. Twenty-three (43%) incidents occurred in the outpatient setting, 20 (38%) inpatient, and 10 (19%) in the emergency department. Twenty-six physicians (49%) had met the patient on at least one prior encounter and 31 (58%) continued caring for the patient after the incident occurred. Table 1 includes types of sexual harassment, ranging from disrespectful verbal comments to unwanted physical contact, and their impact on respondents, including adverse effects on mental health and decreased work satisfaction. The most common response was telling a colleague or supervisor (Fig. 1a). Only 11 respondents formally reported the incident; four responses involved dismissal of concern/discouragement of future reports (Fig. 1b). Thirty-seven respondents did not report for the following reasons: perceived the incident was not significant enough to report (27/37, 73%), did not think reporting would be impactful (20/37, 54%), did not know how to report (20/37, 54%), did not want the patient to experience repercussions (13/37, 35%), felt ashamed or embarrassed (11/37, 30%), and did not have time to report (8/37, 22%). Five respondents did not share whether or not they formally reported.