[Study of adverse events in private healthcare. Confidence project for patient safety]

Rev Calid Asist. 2012 May-Jun;27(3):139-45. doi: 10.1016/j.cali.2011.02.006. Epub 2012 May 8.
[Article in Spanish]


Objectives: To investigate and identify priority areas and issues of patient safety and analyse which patient and health care characteristics are related to Adverse Events (AE).

Methods: Retrospective cohort study to identify AE reviewing medical records of in-patients. Information was obtained from all patients attended between 15 and 30 November 2009 in eight facilities committed to the project.

Results: Of the 927 patients, 40 patients had any injury, of which 23 were related to healthcare. Thus, the percentage of patients with any AE associated with health care was 2.48% (95%CI, 1.43%-3.54%). Age, comorbidity and use of invasive devices explained the occurrence of an AE. Of these, 33.3% (8 AE) were considered slight, 33.3% (8) moderate and 33.3% (8) severe. Half (50%) of AE were considered preventable.

Conclusions: The frequency of AE found was low, possibly due to study design and the idiosyncrasy of the patients: age, comorbidity and use of invasive devices. The AE found have a similar impact and preventability as those identified in public sector.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Cohort Studies
  • Delivery of Health Care / standards*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Medical Errors / prevention & control
  • Medical Errors / statistics & numerical data*
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Safety*
  • Private Sector
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Safety Management*