Source: Postgraduate Medical Journal [Epub ahead of print]
Date of publication: April 2015
Publication type: Journal article
In a nutshell: This study set out to explore the attitudes and barriers to junior doctors formally reporting concerns about patient safety to the organisations in which they are training. A qualitative study was conducted, comprising three focus groups with 10 junior doctors at an Acute Teaching Hospital Trust in the Midlands in 2013. Participants identified that existing incident reporting systems could frustrate efforts to report concerns. They described barriers to reporting, a culture within medicine that was not conducive to reporting concerns, and a lack of feedback providing evidence that formal reporting was worthwhile. They reported a tendency to rely on informal ways of dealing with concerns as an alternative to engaging with formal reporting systems. Attention needs to be paid to the features of reporting systems, the implications of hierarchies and the wider cultural context in which junior doctors work.
Length of Publication: 1 web page
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