Doctors' handovers in hospitals: a literature review

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/229191
Title:
Doctors' handovers in hospitals: a literature review
Authors:
Raduma-Tomas, M. A.; Flin, R.; Yule, S.; Williams, D.
Citation:
Doctors' handovers in hospitals: a literature review 2011, 20 (2):128 BMJ Quality & Safety
Journal:
BMJ Quality & Safety
Issue Date:
2011
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/229191
DOI:
10.1136/bmjqs.2009.034389
Additional Links:
http://qualitysafety.bmj.com/lookup/doi/10.1136/bmjqs.2009.034389
Abstract:
Aim To review studies on hospital doctors' handovers to identify the methods and main findings. Method A literature search of electronic databases Medline and Embase (via Ovid) was conducted against a set of inclusion criteria. Results A total of 32 papers were identified. The most common methods of studying handovers were observations and interviews, which typically focused on the sign-out (ie, handover meeting). This is just one stage of the handover process: pre- and posthandover phases were rarely examined. Although providing useful descriptive information, the studies rarely evaluated the quality of handover practices. While communication is generally recognised as the critical component, there has been little training of this skill. Conclusion The handover literature does not fully identify where communication failures typically occur or influencing conditions, thus hampering the design of effective handover training and tools. A systematic analysis of all the stages of doctors' handovers is required.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
2044-5415; 2044-5423

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorRaduma-Tomas, M. A.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorFlin, R.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorYule, S.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorWilliams, D.en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-06-15T15:15:39Z-
dc.date.available2012-06-15T15:15:39Z-
dc.date.issued2011-
dc.identifier.citationDoctors' handovers in hospitals: a literature review 2011, 20 (2):128 BMJ Quality & Safetyen_GB
dc.identifier.issn2044-5415-
dc.identifier.issn2044-5423-
dc.identifier.doi10.1136/bmjqs.2009.034389-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/229191-
dc.description.abstractAim To review studies on hospital doctors' handovers to identify the methods and main findings. Method A literature search of electronic databases Medline and Embase (via Ovid) was conducted against a set of inclusion criteria. Results A total of 32 papers were identified. The most common methods of studying handovers were observations and interviews, which typically focused on the sign-out (ie, handover meeting). This is just one stage of the handover process: pre- and posthandover phases were rarely examined. Although providing useful descriptive information, the studies rarely evaluated the quality of handover practices. While communication is generally recognised as the critical component, there has been little training of this skill. Conclusion The handover literature does not fully identify where communication failures typically occur or influencing conditions, thus hampering the design of effective handover training and tools. A systematic analysis of all the stages of doctors' handovers is required.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.urlhttp://qualitysafety.bmj.com/lookup/doi/10.1136/bmjqs.2009.034389en_GB
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to BMJ Quality & Safetyen_GB
dc.titleDoctors' handovers in hospitals: a literature reviewen_GB
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalBMJ Quality & Safetyen_GB
dc.description.provinceLeinsteren
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