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Rev Gaucha Enferm. 2013 Mar;34(1):164-72.

[Patient safety: a comparison between handwritten and computerized voluntary incident reporting].

[Article in Portuguese]

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Departamento de Gestão e Incorporação de Tecnologias em Saúde do Ministério da Saúde, Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brasil.


This study's objective was to compare two types of voluntary incident reporting methods that affect patient safety, handwritten (HR) and computerized (CR), in relation to the number of reports, type of incident reported the individual submitting the report, and quality of reports. This was a descriptive, retrospective and cross-sectional study. CR were more frequent than HR (61.2% vs. 38.6%) among the 1,089 reports analyzed and were submitted every day of the month, while HR were submitted only on weekdays. The highest number of reports referred to medication, followed by problems related to medical-hospital material and the professional who most frequently submitted reports were nurses in both cases. Overall CR presented higher quality than HR (86.1% vs. 61.7%); 36.8% of HR were illegible, a problem that was eliminated in CR. Therefore, the use of computerized incident reporting in hospitals favors qualified voluntary reports, increasing patient safety.

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