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Adverse events in nursing: a retrospective study of reports of patient and relative experiences
Malmö högskola, Faculty of Health and Society (HS), Department of Care Science (VV).
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2015 (English)In: International Nursing Review, ISSN 0020-8132, E-ISSN 1466-7657, Vol. 62, no 3, p. 377-385Article in journal (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

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.

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International Council of Nurses , 2015. Vol. 62, no 3, p. 377-385
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communication, nursing, nursing care, patient participation, patient safety, qualitative methods, research
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-5289DOI: 10.1111/inr.12192ISI: 000360218200023PubMedID: 26109381Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84940437215Local ID: 19797OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-5289DiVA, id: diva2:1402144
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