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Revista de la Sociedad Española de Enfermería Nefrológica

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HERNANDEZ MECA, Mª Encarnación et al. Clinical safety perceived by patients on peritoneal dialysis. Rev Soc Esp Enferm Nefrol [online]. 2008, vol.11, n.3, pp.190-195. ISSN 1139-1375.

Combining efforts and achieving the maximum degree of quality and safety in the care provided is the responsibility of healthcare professionals. We proposed to assess the perception of clinical safety in peritoneal dialysis perceived by the patient and to determine the importance of communication-information provided by healthcare personnel. Descriptive transversal study, encompassing all patients on peritoneal dialysis, distributing a survey seeking their opinion on clinical safety. 38 surveys were analysed (response rate 100%). 60.5% were men and 39.5% women. Average age 59.1 ±12 years and average time on the dialysis technique 24.4 ±19.7 months. 71% of the patients stated that they were very concerned about suffering a medical error. 100% of the patients who had suffered an undesired effect as a result of the care or medication administered stated that they were very worried about medical errors. On analysing the questions relating to informationcommunication between healthcare personnel and the patient, 81% indicated that the effects and precautions of the treatment had been explained to them in detail, and 84.2% responded that they had been able to discuss their doubts and concerns with the nurse and doctor in sufficient privacy. However, those patients who detected a deficit in the information-communication in any of these aspects mentioned that they were very concerned about suffering from a medical error. Clinical safety arouses interest and concern among patients. The lack of information-communication is related to greater concern about suffering from a medical error.

Palabras clave : Clinical safety; peritoneal dialysis; survey.

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