Adverse events in nursing : a retrospective study of reports of patient and relative experiences

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Adverse events in nursing : a retrospective study of reports of patient and relative experiences
Author(s) Andersson, Åsa ; Frank, Catharina ; Willman, Ania ; Sandman, Per-Olof ; Hansebo, Görel
Date 2015
English abstract
Patient safety is an important global issue. While it is well known that patients can suffer from adverse events in nursing care, there is a lack of knowledge as to how they experience them. The aim was to examine adverse events in nursing care as they are experienced by patients and relatives. This was a retrospective study taking both a qualitative and quantitative approach. It was based on data regarding 242 adverse events in nursing care, as reported by patients and relatives to Sweden's Medical Responsibility Board, content analysis was used to analys the reports. Patients' and relatives' experiences were analysed into four categories of adverse events, as concerning participation, clinical judgement, nursing intervention and the essentials of care. The reports were classified by the Medical Responsibility Board, without a standardized system. The adverse events reported were few in number and were reported by patients and relatives only. Lack of participation has negative consquences and contributes to adverse events. Adverse events occur through missed care as well as through carer errors. Nurses need to improve their skills that support patient participation. Patient participation needs to be incorporated into nurses' duties. Resources for patients to participate in their own care needs to be a priority underpinning policy-making in health systems. Nursing education systems need to teach students about the value and benefits of involving patients in their care.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/inr.12192 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher International Council of Nurses
Host/Issue International Nursing Review;3
Volume 62
ISSN 0020-8132
Pages 377-385
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) communication
nursing
nursing care
patient participation
patient safety
qualitative methods
research
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/19797 (link to this page)

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