General practitioners' attitudes toward reporting and learning from adverse events: results from a survey

Scand J Prim Health Care. 2006 Mar;24(1):27-32. doi: 10.1080/02813430500508330.


Objective: To investigate GPs' attitudes to and willingness to report and learn from adverse events and to study how a reporting system should function.

Design: Survey.

Setting: General practice in Denmark.

Main outcome measures: GPs' attitudes to exchange of experience with colleagues and others, and circumstances under which such exchange is accepted.

Subjects: A structured questionnaire sent to 1198 GPs of whom 61% responded. RESULTS. GPs had a positive attitude towards discussing adverse events in the clinic with colleagues and staff and in their continuing medical education groups. The GPs had a positive attitude to reporting adverse events to a database if the system granted legal and administrative immunity to reporters. The majority preferred a reporting system located at a research institute.

Conclusion: GPs have a very positive attitude towards discussing and reporting adverse events. This project encourages further research and pilot projects testing concrete reporting systems.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Databases as Topic
  • Education, Medical, Continuing
  • Family Practice / education*
  • Family Practice / standards
  • Female
  • Focus Groups
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Learning
  • Male
  • Medical Errors* / prevention & control
  • Medical Errors* / psychology
  • Middle Aged
  • Physicians, Family / psychology*
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care
  • Risk Management*
  • Safety Management*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires