Errors in palliative care: kinds, causes, and consequences: a pilot survey of experiences and attitudes of palliative care professionals.

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ID Serval
serval:BIB_9D57EE5C6336
Type
Article: article d'un périodique ou d'un magazine.
Collection
Publications
Institution
Titre
Errors in palliative care: kinds, causes, and consequences: a pilot survey of experiences and attitudes of palliative care professionals.
Périodique
Journal of Palliative Medicine
Auteur(s)
Dietz I., Borasio G.D., Med D.P., Molnar C., Müller-Busch C., Plog A., Schneider G., Jox R.J.
ISSN
1557-7740 (Electronic)
ISSN-L
1557-7740
Statut éditorial
Publié
Date de publication
2013
Volume
16
Numéro
1
Pages
74-81
Langue
anglais
Notes
Publication types: Journal ArticlePublication Status: ppublish
Résumé
Abstract Background: Medical errors have recently been recognized as a relevant concern in public health, and increasing research efforts have been made to find ways of improving patient safety. In palliative care, however, studies on errors are scant. Objective: Our aim was to gather pilot data concerning experiences and attitudes of palliative care professionals on this topic. Methods: We developed a questionnaire, which consists of questions on relevance, estimated frequency, kinds and severity of errors, their causes and consequences, and the way palliative care professionals handle them. The questionnaire was sent to all specialist palliative care institutions in the region of Bavaria, Germany (n=168; inhabitants 12.5 million) reaching a response rate of 42% (n=70). Results: Errors in palliative care were regarded as a highly relevant problem (median 8 on a 10-point numeric rating scale). Most respondents experienced a moderate frequency of errors (1-10 per 100 patients). Errors in communication were estimated to be more common than those in symptom control. The causes most often mentioned were deficits in communication or organization. Moral and psychological problems for the person committing the error were seen as more frequent than consequences for the patient. Ninety percent of respondents declared that they disclose errors to the harmed patient. For 78% of the professionals, the issue was not a part of their professional training. Conclusion: Professionals acknowledge errors-in particular errors in communication-to be a common and relevant problem in palliative care, one that has, however, been neglected in training and research.
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Web of science
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05/02/2013 15:36
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20/08/2019 15:03
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