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Table 5 Differences between the characteristics of morbidity and mortality conferences according to the level of the effectiveness index

From: Characteristics of morbidity and mortality conferences associated with the implementation of patient safety improvement initiatives, an observational study

  Index <10 Index ≥10 p*
N = 28 N = 31
Center, n, (%)      0.14
 Grenoble 17 (60.7) 12 (38.7)  
 Nice 9 (32.1) 12 (38.7)  
 Paris 2 (7.1) 7 (22.6)  
Specialty, n, (%)      0.02
 Medicine 14 (50.0) 10 (32.3)  
 Surgery 12 (42.9) 9 (29.0)  
 Anesthesia and intensive care 2 (7.1) 12 (38.7)  
Formalization characteristics, n, (%)      
 Charter 23 (82.1) 30 (96.8) 0.08
 Annual activity report 19 (67.9) 29 (93.5) 0.01
 Nominative list of attendants 22 (78.6) 28 (90.3) 0.19
 Meeting reports for each meeting 25 (89.3) 28 (90.3) 0.61
 Record of decided actions 16 (57.1) 29 (93.5) 0.001
Organization      
 No. of meetings during the year, median, [IQR] 4 [3–7] 4 [3–7] 0.65
 No. of cases, median, [IQR] 19 [8–60] 15 [10–29] 0.63
 Theme focused MCC, n (%) 1 (3.6) 9 (29.0) 0.01
 Prior dissemination of meeting agenda, n (%) 10 (35.7) 22 (71.0) 0.007
 Monitoring of previous actions, n, (%) 1 (3.6) 7 (22.6) 0.04
 Length of meeting (min), median, [IQR] 80 [50–90] 118 [60–120] 0.005
No. of professionals attending, %, [IQR]      
 Physicians, % [IQR] 82 [59–100] 80 [68–100] 0.83
 Residents, % [IQR] 67 [60–100] 78 [50–100] 0.36
 Head nurses, % [IQR] 60 [0–100] 75 [0–100] 0.79
 Nurses, % [IQR] 2 [0–12] 9 [3–21] 0.06
Cases presentation and discussion      
 Standardized with use of visual support, n (%) 8 (28.6) 25 (80.6) <0.001
 Presentation of literature data, n (%) 1 (3.6) 12 (38.7) 0.001
 Search of failures, n(%) 24 (85.7) 30 (96.8) 0.15
 Thorough analysis of failure, n,(%) 7 (25.0) 18 (58.1) 0.01
  1. Abbreviations: IQR interquartile range, MMC morbidity and mortality conference
  2. *p-values must be interpreted with respect to the threshold αc = 0.002, adjusted by the Bonferroni method