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Mapping review

National electronic incident reporting systems in hospitals: Which systems exist, what is their effect, and how are they evaluated?

Search for studies of the effect of electronic incident reporting systems in hospitals, and for literature describing how other countries evaluate their incident reporting systems.

Search for studies of the effect of electronic incident reporting systems in hospitals, and for literature describing how other countries evaluate their incident reporting systems.


Key message

Norway has introduced an electronic national incidents reporting system for the health care services. We have searched for literature that describes incident reporting systems in other countries. We have searched for studies of the effect of electronic incident reporting systems in hospitals, and for literature describing how other countries evaluate their incident reporting systems.

  • We found reports of seven countries that has an electronic national incidents reporting system: Australia, Canada, England & Wales, Finland, Italy, Japan and Taiwan
  • We did not find studies of the effect of national or regional incident reporting systems
  • One small interrupted time series of one hospital had expanded the electronic system of medical reporting to electronic reporting of all incidents. This hospital is in USA, and the change happened fourteen years ago. We are uncertain about generalizability.
  • We did not find any description of how other countries have evaluated their electronic national incident reporting systems

About this publication

  • Year: 2014
  • By: Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services
  • Authors Vist GE, Holte HH, Mathisen M, Lidal IB, Nøstberg AM, Lindahl AK.
  • ISBN (digital): 978-82-8121-859-8