Mandatory reporting of work accidents: difficulties and suggestions by healthcare professionals in Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil
Revista Bras. Med. Trab. 2018; 16(2) : 192-198
Background: Work accident (WA) reports are a relevant public health tool as they afford effective knowledge on the actual situation of workers cared within the Unified Health System (Sistema Único de Saúde-SUS).
Objective: To analyze the difficulties posed by mandatory WA reporting and suggestions for improvement made by healthcare professionals at sentinel workers’ health units in Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil.
Methods: Quantitative and descriptive study conducted at sentinel workers’ health units in Fortaleza, Ceará, from February 2013 through June 2014. An unstructured questionnaire was applied to 78 professionals charged of reporting WA. The collected data were subjected to content analysis.
Results: As difficulties for reporting WA the participants mentioned: lack of knowledge on how to manage required measures, omission and work overload. Suggestions to improve reporting included health continuing education and divulgation of protocols.
Conclusion: The results of the present study point to the relevance of training as a means to enhance reporting and to orient professionals on how to fill report forms in order to reduce underreporting.