Healthcare Providers May Be Overestimating the Quality of Their Own Care

Healthcare providers generally believe the quality of their healthcare services are good before an adverse event occurs, which may explain reluctance to adopt new patient safety practices, according to a study published in Critical Care Medicine.


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For the study, researchers interviewed physicians and nurses to gauge self-perception on their healthcare services. In addition, an independent review of their care was conducted.

Ultimately, nearly 200 interviews were conducted. A review of these interviews showed self-perceptions of skill and knowledge average 7.9 and 7.7, respectively, on a scale of 1 to 10. Other teamwork attributions, such as communication, coordination and cooperation, were also held in high regard by both nurses and physicians.

However, the independent expert panel told a different story. The panel found both nurses and physicians were slow to response to patients' deterioration for both nurses and physicians.

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