Should I report? A qualitative study of barriers to incident reporting among nurses working in nursing homes




Ida Winsvold Prang, RN, BSc, Lars-Petter Jelsness-Jørgensen, RN, MSc, PhD

Geriatric Nursing

11 October 2014



Adverse events, errors and acts of inadequate care have been shown to occur quite frequently in hospitals, and there is growing evidence that this poor care may also occur in nursing homes. Based on hospital studies, we know that incidents are only reported to a limited extent and that there may be a high number of unrecorded cases. Moreover, little is known about the barriers to incident reporting in nursing homes compared to hospitals. Consequently, the aim of this study was to explore the barriers to incident reporting in nursing homes. Thematic analysis of 13 semi-structured interviews with nurses revealed that unclear outcomes, lack of support and culture, fear of vilification and conflicts, unclear routines, technological knowledge and confidence, time and degree of severity were the main drivers of not reporting incidents. These findings may be important in planning quality and safety improvement interventions in nursing homes.








Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee