Nurses' responses to severity dependent errors: a study of the causal attributions made by nurses following an error.

@article{Meurier1998NursesRT,
  title={Nurses' responses to severity dependent errors: a study of the causal attributions made by nurses following an error.},
  author={C E Meurier and Charles A. Vincent and Darmishta Parmar},
  journal={Journal of advanced nursing},
  year={1998},
  volume={27 2},
  pages={349-54}
}
Attribution theory attempts to understand how people explain events and their own role in them, particularly events which are unusual or unpleasant. Based on previous studies on attributions, it was suggested that nurses would make more external attributions (i.e. blaming others or the environment) following an error with a serious outcome than one with a non-serious outcome. This would in turn suggest that they might be less likely to respond constructively and learn from serious errors. Sixty… CONTINUE READING

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