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Nursing issues
What are the barriers to nurses reporting incidents?
  1. Edris Hasanpoor1,
  2. Elaheh Haghgoshayie1,
  3. Mohammadhiwa Abdekhoda2
  1. 1 Department of Healthcare Management, Research Center for Evidence-Based Health Management, Maragheh University of Medical Sciences, Maragheh, Iran
  2. 2 Department of Medical Library and Information Sciences, School of Management and Medical Informatics, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
  1. Correspondence to Professor Elaheh Haghgoshayie, Maragheh University of Medical Sciences, Maragheh, Iran; ezd_ehm2010{at}

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Commentary on: Hamed MMM, Konstantinidis S. Barriers to Incident Reporting among Nurses: A Qualitative Systematic Review. Western Journal of Nursing Research. 17 March 2021. doi:10.1177/0193945921999449.

Implications for practice and research

  • Reporting incidents in health care is considered a strategy to assess, prevent and reduce the occurrence of incidents.

  • Due to the effects of barriers and facilitators on incident reporting, a comprehensive systematic review and meta-analysis are required.


Any kind of incident in healthcare could be fatal if it directly threatens patients’ safety.1 Healthcare-related organisations experience economic loss related to low quality and there could be numerous mistakes due to nurses’ performance as the largest group of professionals in healthcare,2 3 Hence learning from mistakes, improving the quality of services and patient safety are among the key priorities.1 4 …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.