Clinical Handover and Patient Safety Literature Review Report

Clinical Handover and Patient Safety Literature Review Report. Australian Council for Safety and Quality in Healthcare. March 2005.

The transfer of information (handover) between practitioners about patient care is an important consideration in patient safety. This report presents a comprehensive review of published and unpublished literature on clinical handover and patient safety. Clinical handovers include communication at change of shift, communication between care providers about patient care, handoffs, and information tools to assist in such communication.  

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