Table 1

Themes identified from the focus-group discussion

  • Peer perceptions about their involvement in patient safety programmes

  • Managing own workload

  • Staffing

  • Foreseeing and controlling potential contributing factors to error

  • Skills

  • Staff development in patient safety at the facility/health service district level

  • System failures

  • Retribution by management

  • Communication between healthcare workers and their patients

  • What constitutes an error

  • Unavoidable stress

  • Open disclosure

  • Fatigue

  • Incident-reporting behaviour

  • Ability to intervene to prevent patient harm

  • Motivation to comply with the expectations of peers