Table 4

Strategies to prevent AEs

Prevention strategyDescriptionPrevention strategy was selected in following frequency (%) of preventable AEs (N=49)
TrainingImproving (re)training programmes for skills needed25 (51)
Quality assurance/peer reviewContinuously monitoring of data on quality based in prespecified standards and assessment of a health professional's performance by one or more individuals in the same field25 (51)
ProceduresCompleting or improving formal and informal procedures19 (39)
EvaluationEvaluating the current behaviour regarding safety18 (37)
Information and communicationCompleting or improving available sources of information and communication structures11 (22)
MotivationIncreasing the level of voluntary obedience to generally accepted rules by applying principles of positive behaviour modification8 (16)
Technology/equipmentRedesigning of hardware, software or interface parts of the man–machine system4 (8)
Up-scalingHandling the problem at a higher organisational level, for example, hospital department or hospital management level
Financial investmentFinancial investments in required areas, for example, increasing the availability of facilities and equipment
PersonnelIncreasing the number of personnel