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Table 3 Experience with a healthcare worker demonstrating actual or possible incompetence or impairment during the past 12 months

From: Dealing with professional misconduct by colleagues in home care: a nationwide survey among nursing staff

  % n
Experience with a healthcare worker demonstrating actual or possible incompetence or impairment   
 Total 41.7 % 259
 Educational levela   257
  Certified nursing assistant 39.7 %  
  Registered nurse, associate-level degree 40.9 %  
  Registered nurse, bachelor’s degree 45.0 %  
 Age (years)b   259
   < 40 47.1 %  
  40–49 39.0 %  
  50–59 42.9 %  
   > 59 37.5 %  
Category of healthcare worker demonstrating incompetence or impairment   98
 Nursing colleague 84.7 %  
 Physician 11.2 %  
 Other 4.1 %  
Category of incompetence or impairment (multiple responses possible)   106
 Incompetence
  Substandard care 55.7 %  
  Collaboration problems with colleagues 37.7 %  
  Communication problems with colleagues 41.5 %  
  Communication problems with patients 34.0 %  
 Impairment
  Careless handling of patient’s belongings 3.8 %  
  Fraud 3.8 %  
  Substance abuse (e.g. drugs or alcohol) 1.9 %  
  Aggressive behaviour (verbally or physically) 2.8 %  
  (Sexually) inappropriate behaviour or remarks 0.9 %  
  Physical impairment 10.4 %  
  Mental illness 8.5 %  
 Other 9.4 %  
  1. aNo statistically significant differences in experience with misconduct were found between educational levels (Chi2 (2) = 0.48, p = 0.786)
  2. bNo statistically significant differences in experience with misconduct were found between age groups (Chi2 (3) = 0.94, p = 0.816)