Journal Article

Implementation of the trigger review method in Scottish general practices: patient safety outcomes and potential for quality improvement.

de Wet C; Black C; Luty S; McKay J; O'Donnell CA; Bowie P.

The trigger tool approach, in which a prespecified value triggers medical record review to identify patient safety issues, is a method to detect adverse events. This study offered incentives to conduct and report results of trigger reviews in primary care. Practices successfully implemented and reported results from trigger reviews, suggesting that trigger reviews are a feasible strategy to enhance outpatient safety.