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Table 4 Difficulty in raising the matter of suspicions of professional misconduct by a colleague (n = 236 to 238)

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

  Mean score (range 1–5) Very easy Easy Neither easy nor difficult Difficult Very difficult
Incompetence 2.95a      
Substandard care 3.02 2.9 % 31.5 % 30.3 % 31.5 % 3.8 %
Collaboration problems with colleagues 3.01 1.3 % 29.8 % 38.7 % 27.3 % 2.9 %
Communication problems with colleagues 3.01 1.7 % 28.6 % 40.3 % 25.6 % 3.8 %
Communication problems with patients 2.77 3.4 % 38.4 % 38.0 % 18.6 % 1.7 %
Impairment 3.18a      
Careless handling of patient belongings 2.80 4.2 % 38.7 % 32.4 % 22.7 % 2.1 %
Fraud 3.36 3.0 % 22.5 % 24.6 % 36.0 % 14.0 %
Substance abuse (e.g. drugs or alcohol) 3.43 2.1 % 16.9 % 29.1 % 39.2 % 12.7 %
Aggressive behaviour (verbally or physically) 3.20 3.8 % 24.1 % 28.7 % 35.0 % 8.4 %
(Sexually) inappropriate behaviour or remarks 3.23 3.8 % 23.6 % 27.4 % 35.9 % 9.3 %
Physical impairment 2.95 2.1 % 34.2 % 35.0 % 24.1 % 4.6 %
Mental illness 3.30 1.3 % 21.5 % 32.1 % 36.7 % 8.4 %
  1. aOn average, nursing staff find reporting impairment more difficult than reporting incompetence, t (235) = -5.09, p = 0.000