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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/30557

Title: An Exploratory Study of the Fundamental Characteristics Influencing the Analysis and Communication Activities of Health Care Incident Reporting Systems
Authors: Colvin, Christopher
Advisor: Easty, Anthony
Trbovich, Patricia
Department: Biomedical Engineering
Keywords: Heath care
incident reporting
Issue Date: 6-Dec-2011
Abstract: Incident reporting systems offer rich opportunities for learning from errors in health care. However, little attention has been given to understanding how the implementation of reporting system characteristics impact analysis and communication activities. This research explored the characteristics of reporting systems that promote analysis and communication activities. Ten characteristics were identified through a comprehensive literature review. Two reporting systems were then compared to assess how differences in the implementation of the characteristics impact the contents of the database. The results demonstrated that differences in the characteristics’ implementation have an effect on the ability to extract information essential to analysis activities. Next, the reporting processes of the two systems were mapped onto a hierarchical framework to highlight how the characteristics influence the communication of incident information across the health care system. The presented work furthers the understanding of characteristics needed to design reporting systems more effective at promoting learning.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/30557
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