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Interview open-ended questions

Interview questions
1When patients come to the operating theatre to undergo surgery, they expect to receive the best possible care and to be discharged healthy without any complications. What do you think, in an ideal world, would be important to provide these safety conditions in an operating theatre?
2From your experience, in this operating theatre or in other hospitals where you have been working in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), what do you think about local patient safety conditions?
3Adverse events are very frequent in all operating theatres, most of them being minor. Could you talk about one adverse event that happened to you or one of your colleagues?
What did happen?
In your opinion, what were the main causes of this event?
What could have prevented it?
What did you learn following this event?
Do you think it could happen again?
4In your experience, what has been done to improve patient safety in this operating theatre?
What are the remaining problems and challenges to be solved?
5If you were the hospital director or the Medical Provincial Inspector, what would you like to change to improve patient safety in the operating theatres of the hospital or Province?
6Existing tools, such as surgical checklist, have been developed in other countries to try to disclose any potential error and anticipate adverse events through a dedicated time to communication within surgical team before any surgical procedure. In which ways do you think such a tool could be or could not be useful in your operating theatre?
7In your opinion, how does the armed conflict in Eastern DRC influence, or does not influence, patient safety in this operating theatre?