[Experience feedback committee: a method for patient safety improvement]

Rev Epidemiol Sante Publique. 2013 Apr;61(2):155-61. doi: 10.1016/j.respe.2012.09.001. Epub 2013 Mar 7.
[Article in French]


Background: An experience feedback committee (CREX, Comité de Retour d'EXpérience) is a method which contributes to the management of safety of care in a medical unit. Originally used for security systems of civil aviation, the method has been adapted to health care facilities and successfully implemented in radiotherapy units and in other specialties.

Methods: We performed a brief review of the literature for studies reporting data on CREX established in hospitals. The review was performed using the main bibliographic databases and Google search results.

Results: The CREX is designed to analyse incidents reported by professionals. The method includes monthly meetings of a multi-professional committee that reviews the reported incidents, chooses a priority incident and designates a "pilot" responsible for investigating the incident. The investigation of the incident involves a systemic analysis method and a written synthesis presented at the next meeting of the committee. The committee agrees on actions for improvement that are suggested by the analysis and follows their implementation. Systems for the management of health care, including reporting systems, are organized into three levels: the medical unit, the hospital and the country as a triple loop learning process. The CREX is located in the base level, short loop of risk management and allows direct involvement of care professionals in patient safety.

Conclusion: Safety of care has become a priority of health systems. In this context, the CREX can be a useful vehicle for the implementation of a safety culture in medical units.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Advisory Committees
  • Clinical Governance / standards
  • Feedback
  • Hospital Administration
  • Humans
  • Patient Safety / standards*
  • Risk Management / standards*
  • Safety Management / standards*