Volume 8, Issue 2 (7-2015)                   IJMEHM 2015, 8(2): 63-73 | Back to browse issues page

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Samadi S, Khabbaz M S, Asghari F, Nabavian O, Khorasani G, Makarem J. An analytic-descriptive study of patient complaints in the clinical governance office of Imam Khomeini Hospital over a period of two years. IJMEHM 2015; 8 (2) :63-73
URL: http://ijme.tums.ac.ir/article-1-5510-en.html
1- Faculty of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran , sh_samadi@sina.tums.ac.ir
2- Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3- Medical Ethics and History of Medicine Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
4- Faculty of Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
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The present study is an overview of the causes of patient complaints against physicians and the medical staff in Imam Khomeini Hospital Complex, and strategies to reduce the complaints. For this purpose, complaints that had been filed with the clinical governance office of Imam Khomeini Hospital Complex in 2012 and 2013 were investigated. The information in the forms included age and sex of the plaintiffs, their level of education, type of complaint and similar details. Of the 309 complaints, 174 had been recorded in 2012 and 135 in 2013. The plaintiffs were males with a mean age of 50.5, and 69.6% of them had high school diplomas or lower. Most (16.2%) of the complaints pertained to the emergency department, while 48.5% and 22.7% of the complaints were related to doctors and nurses respectively. In 62.5% of the cases, the accused had been acquitted and 34% had been convicted. The main cause of complaint involved treatment and care at 40.1% and 36.6% respectively. In general, the most common causes of complaints were treatment and care for doctors, and lack of respect for nurses and others. Thus, more attention should be paid to the continuous education of medical students and residents during training years in order to increase the knowledge and skills of physicians. Other measures that can reduce complaints are: providing sufficient information to patients before diagnostic or therapeutic procedures improving the equipment in health centers educating the society and raising public awareness of the treatment process offering the necessary information during medical procedures obtaining informed consent careful choice of the medical team and assigning them to the right position and holding communication skills workshops.

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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Medical Ethics
Received: 2015/04/17 | Accepted: 2015/07/5 | Published: 2015/08/1

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