Factors affecting the recurrence of medical errors in hospitals and the preventive strategies: A scoping review

Aghighi, Negar, Aryankhesal, Aidin ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6695-227X and Raeissi, Pouran (2022) Factors affecting the recurrence of medical errors in hospitals and the preventive strategies: A scoping review. Journal of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, 15. ISSN 2008-0387

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Due to the high value of human life, the occurrence of even one error that leads to death or complications is of great consequence and requires serious attention. Although significant efforts have been made to ensure patient safety, serious medical errors continue to exist. This study aimed to identify the factors associated with the recurrence of medical errors and strategies to prevent them through a scoping review. Data were gathered through a scoping review of PubMed, Embase, Scopus, and Cochrane Library databases during August 2020. Articles related to factors influencing the recurrence of errors despite the available information, as well as articles related to measures taken worldwide to prevent them, were included in study. Overall, 32 articles were selected out of the 3422 primary papers. Two main categories of factors were identified as influential in error recurrence: human factors (fatigue, stress, inadequate knowledge) and environmental and organizational factors (ineffective management, distractions, poor teamwork). The six effective strategies for preventing error recurrence included the use of electronic systems, attention to human behaviors, proper workplace management, workplace culture, training, and teamwork. It was concluded that using a combination of methods related to health management, psychology, behavioral sciences and electronic systems can be effective in preventing the recurrence of errors.

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Additional Information: Publisher Copyright: © 2022 Tehran University of Medical Sciences.
Uncontrolled Keywords: hospitals,medical errors,medical mistakes,patient safety,computer science (miscellaneous),history,law,sdg 3 - good health and well-being ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/1700/1701
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Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2023 09:30
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2023 01:18
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/91174
DOI: 10.18502/jmehm.v15i7.11049


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