A systematic review of failures in handoff communication during intrahospital transfers.

@article{Ong2011ASR,
  title={A systematic review of failures in handoff communication during intrahospital transfers.},
  author={Mei-Sing Ong and Enrico W. Coiera},
  journal={Joint Commission journal on quality and patient safety},
  year={2011},
  volume={37 6},
  pages={274-84}
}
BACKGROUND Handoffs serve a critical function in ensuring patient care continuity during transitions of care. Studies to date have predominantly focused on intershift handoffs, with relatively little attention given to intrahospital transfers. A systematic literature review was conducted to characterize the nature of handoff failures during intrahospital transfers and to examine factors affecting handoff communication and the effectiveness of current interventions. METHODS Primary studies… CONTINUE READING