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Journal:   (FRONTIERS IN EMERGENCY MEDICINE) ADVANCED JOURNAL OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE   2018 , Volume 2 , Number 1; Page(s) 0 To 0.
 
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Analysis Of Factors And Medical Errors Involved In Patient Complaints In A European Emergency Department

 
 
Author(s):  Haroutunian Pauline, Alsabri Mohammed, Kerdiles Francois Jerome, Abdullah Hassan Adel Ahmed, Bellou Abdelouahab*
 
* EMERGENCY MEDICINE DEPARTMENT, BIDMC, HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL, BOSTON, USA
 
Abstract: 
Introduction: Patients’ complaints from Emergency Departments (ED) are frequent and can be used as a quality assurance indicator.Objective: Factors contributing to patients’ complaints (PCs) in the emergency department were analyzed.Methods: It was a retrospective cohort study, the qualitative variables of patients’ complaints visiting ED of a university hospital were compared with Chi-Square and t test tests.Results: Eighty-five PC were analyzed. The factors contributing to PC were: communication (n=26), length of stay (LOS) (n=24), diagnostic errors (n=21), comfort and privacy issues (n=7), pain management (n=6), inappropriate treatment (n=6), delay of care and billing issues (n=3). PCs were more frequent when patients were managed by residents, during night shifts, weekends, Saturdays, Mondays, January and June. Moreover, the factors contributing to diagnostic errors were due to poor communication, non-adherence to guidelines and lack of systematic proofreading of X-rays. In 98% of cases, disputes were resolved by apology and explanation and three cases resulted in financial compensation.Conclusion: Poor communication, LOS and medical errors are factors contributing to PCs. Improving communication, resolving issues leading to slow health care provision, adequate staffing and supervision of trainees may reduce PCs.
 
Keyword(s): COMMUNICATION, DIAGNOSTIC ERRORS, EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT, PATIENT COMPLAINT
 
 
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HAROUTUNIAN, P., & ALSABRI, M., & KERDILES, F., & ABDULLAH HASSAN, A., & BELLOU, A. (2018). ANALYSIS OF FACTORS AND MEDICAL ERRORS INVOLVED IN PATIENT COMPLAINTS IN A EUROPEAN EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT. (FRONTIERS IN EMERGENCY MEDICINE) ADVANCED JOURNAL OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE, 2(1), 0-0. https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=572732



Vancouver: Copy

HAROUTUNIAN PAULINE, ALSABRI MOHAMMED, KERDILES FRANCOIS JEROME, ABDULLAH HASSAN ADEL AHMED, BELLOU ABDELOUAHAB. ANALYSIS OF FACTORS AND MEDICAL ERRORS INVOLVED IN PATIENT COMPLAINTS IN A EUROPEAN EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT. (FRONTIERS IN EMERGENCY MEDICINE) ADVANCED JOURNAL OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE. 2018 [cited 2022May25];2(1):0-0. Available from: https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=572732



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HAROUTUNIAN, P., ALSABRI, M., KERDILES, F., ABDULLAH HASSAN, A., BELLOU, A., 2018. ANALYSIS OF FACTORS AND MEDICAL ERRORS INVOLVED IN PATIENT COMPLAINTS IN A EUROPEAN EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT. (FRONTIERS IN EMERGENCY MEDICINE) ADVANCED JOURNAL OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE, [online] 2(1), pp.0-0. Available: https://www.sid.ir/en/journal/ViewPaper.aspx?id=572732.



 
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