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Table 3 Comparison of the influences on the IRS process in GIM and OBS/NEO

From: Incident reporting systems: a comparative study of two hospital divisions

Influence on IRS use GIM OBS/NEO
Threat of litigation Moderate; had an inhibiting effect on, especially, physician reporting Very high; had encouraged the domain to be proactive, and embrace IRS use
Introduction of IRS Top down, customization asked of GIM Bottom up, customization asked by OBS
Instrumentally focussed training – how to report Training focused on reasons to report
Interprofessional training Minimal interprofessional training MORE OB (in OBS division), which gave rise to several safety practices including the OBS specific predecessor of the current IRS