Table 2

 Self-perceived barriers to reporting (percentage who agree with the statement)

IncidentDoctors (%)Nurses (%)p value*(doctors v nurses)
*Fisher’s exact test.
I never get any feedback on what action is taken57.717061.85700.371
The incident form takes too long to fill out and I just don’t have the time54.216844.15710.022
The incident was too trivial51.217041.25650.027
When the ward is busy I forget to make a report47.316748.15740.930
I don’t know whose responsibility it is to make a report37.916910.8573<0.001
When it is a near miss, I don’t see any point in reporting it36.017249.05690.003
The AIMS+ form is too complicated and requires too much detail31.916335.05650.512
Junior staff are often blamed unfairly for adverse incidents31.017125.65710.169
Adverse incident reporting is unlikely to lead to system changes28.617129.95680.775
I wonder about who else is privy to the information that I disclose27.117033.85680.112
If I discuss the case with the person involved nothing else needs to be done24.916911.5566<0.001
I don’t feel confident the form is kept anonymous22.616830.05740.065
I am worried about litigation20.716920.65741.000
It’s not my responsibility to report somebody else’s mistakes17.216916.45670.814
My co-workers may be unsupportive13.816720.85730.045
I don’t want to get into trouble10.616918.65700.014
Even if I don’t give my details, I’m sure that they’ll track me down8.416717.05640.006
I am worried about disciplinary action8.316818.15700.002
I don’t want the case discussed in meetings7.216715.55740.005