Attitudes of Physicians in Training Regarding Reporting of Patient Safety Events

2015 Archives, Archives, November 2015, Vol. 22, No. 11, Reports from the Field

Igor I. Bussel, MD, MS, MHA, Ani Abrahamyan, MD, MS, William Staehle, MD, Jadwiga Loj, MD, and Jill Patton, DO

From the Department of Internal Medicine, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL.



Objective: To understand the attitudes and experiences of physicians in training with regard to patient safety event reporting.

Methods: Residents and fellows in the department of internal medicine were surveyed using a questionnaire containing 5 closed-ended items. These items examined trainees’ attitudes, experiences and knowledge about safety event reporting and barriers to their reporting.

Results: 61% of 80 eligible trainees responded. The majority of residents understood that it is their responsibility to report safety events. Identified barriers to reporting were the complexity of the reporting system, lack of feedback after reporting safety events to gain knowledge of system advances, and reporting was not a priority in clinical workflow.

Conclusion: An inpatient safety and quality committee intends to develop solutions to the challenges faced by trainees’ in reporting patient safety events.


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