Participants' Opinion about Conduct of Morbidity and Mortality Conferences in Surgical Practice in a Tertiary Hospital, Ethiopia
BACKGROUND: Morbidity and mortality conference has both educational and quality improvement purposes. However clear evidences for the effectiveness of the morbidity and mortality conferences in improving patient safety is lacking.
METHODS: A facility based cross sectional study was conducted at St. Paul’s Hospital Millennium Medical College, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to assess participants’ opinion on benefits and functioning of morbidity and mortality conferences. Univariate analysis was used to determine the influence of professional type on participants’ opinion about the morbidity and mortality conferences.
RESULT: A total of 98 participants completed the survey. The majority of the participants agreed that there was a structured system of case identification (67.3%), meeting format (72.4%), the conferences were conducted every month (79.6%), it is blame free (71.4%) and system of care was focus of discussion (70%). Most (88.8%) participants agreed that the conferences were important for improvement of patient safety and quality of care, whereas 67.3% of the participants believed that there is no written term of reference and prior dissemination of agendas. Only 40% agreed that there is multidisciplinary team involvement. Fifty one percent of them disagreed that there is a follow up on the implementation of the forwarded recommendations.
CONCLUSION: Even though the majority of the participants were satisfied with the mortality and morbidity conferences, most disagreed on the presence of written term of reference, earlier dissemination of agendas, multidisciplinary team involvement and follow up on the implementation of the forwarded recommendations.