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Table 4 Contributing factors a influencing no-harm incidents

From: Retrospective record review in proactive patient safety work – identification of no-harm incidents

Main category n
Team factors, e.g. verbal and written communication 100
Task factors, e.g. availability and use of protocols, availability and use of test results 97
Work environmental factors, e.g. design, availability and maintenance of equipment, staffing levels and skills mix 23
Other/unknown 12
Individual (staff) factors, e.g. knowledge and skills, physical and mental health 7
Organizational and management factors, e.g. organizational structure, policy, standards and goals 4
Institutional context factors, e.g. economic and regulatory context 0
Total 243b
  1. a Modified from Vincent, Taylor-Adams & Stanhope, 1998 [30].
  2. b The number of contributing factors is higher than the number of no-harm incidents because the reviewers were allowed to choose more than one contributing factor for each no-harm incident.