Background: Human errors occur everywhere, including in health care. Not only the patient, but also the involved health professional is affected (ie, the "second victim").
Objectives: To investigate the prevalence of health care professionals being personally involved in a patient safety incident (PSI), as well as the relationship of involvement and degree of harm with problematic medication use, excessive alcohol consumption, risk of burnout, work-home interference (WHI), and turnover intentions.
Research Design: Multilevel path analyses were conducted to analyze cross-sectional survey data from 37 Belgian hospitals.
Subjects: A total of 5788 nurses (79.4%) and physicians (20.6%) in 26 acute and 11 psychiatric hospitals were included.
Measures: "Involvement in a patient safety incident during the prior 6 months," "degree of harm," and 5 outcomes were measured using self-report scales.
Results: Nine percent of the total sample had been involved in a PSI during the prior 6 months. Involvement in a PSI was related to a greater risk of burnout (beta = 0.40, OR= 2.07), to problematic medication use (beta = 0.33, OR= 1.84), to greater WHI (beta = 0.24), and to more turnover intentions (beta = 0.22). Harm to the patient was a predictor of problematic medication use (beta = 0.14, OR= 1.56), risk of burnout (beta = 0.16, OR= 1.62), and WHI (beta = 0.19).
Conclusions: Second victims experience significant negative outcomes in the aftermath of a PSI. An appropriate organizational response should be provided to mitigate the negative effects.
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2016|
- harm to the patient
- second victim
- patient safety incident
- HEALTH-CARE PROFESSIONALS
- WORK-HOME INTERFERENCE
- MEDICAL ERRORS
- ADVERSE EVENTS
- 2ND VICTIMS