Adverse events among Winnipeg Home Care clients

Healthc Q. 2006;9 Spec No:127-34. doi: 10.12927/hcq.2013.18377.


Patient safety research has focused almost exclusively on hospitals, with few studies investigating the safety of other healthcare sectors, including home care. Before measuring patient safety in home care, this study first sought to translate hospital-focused patient safety definitions and concepts to home care. A context-appropriate approach to measuring adverse events (AEs) in home care was developed using chart reviews prompted by a mixed screening process. These methods were then applied to measure the incidence, type, severity, cause, preventability and ameliorability of AEs among Winnipeg Home Care clients.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents / statistics & numerical data
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Home Care Agencies*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Manitoba
  • Medical Audit
  • Medication Errors / statistics & numerical data
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Assessment*
  • Safety Management*