Show simple item record


dc.contributor.authorCohen, Michael D.
dc.contributor.authorHilligoss, Phillip Brian
dc.descriptionUpdated draft of hospital handoff literature survey - Sept 2010. Now cites 640 items.en
dc.description.abstractBackground: In hospitals, handoffs are episodes in which control of, or responsibility for, a patient passes from one health professional to another, and in which important information about the patient is also exchanged. In view of the growing interest in improving handoff processes, and the need for guidance in arriving at standardized handoff procedures, a review of the research on handoffs is provided. Methods: The authors have attempted to identify all research treatments of hospital handoffs involving medical personnel published in English through July 2010. Results: Findings from the literature are organized into six themes: 1) The definition of 'handoff'; 2) The functions of handoffs; 3) The challenges and difficulties of handing off; 4) The costs and benefits of standardization; 5) Possible protocols for standardizing of handoffs; and 6) Questions needing answers, and methods of research. Conclusions: The large body of relevant literature shows handoff to be highly sensitive to variations in context, to be an activity that is essential for multiple important functions within a hospital that range far beyond patient safety, and to be subject to difficult tensions that necessarily attend efforts to standardize action within a highly differentiated hospital setting. In addition, there is little empirical evidence regarding the magnitude of the impact of handoff on patient safety and service quality, making the potential gains and complications from standardization uncertain. Draft V9, September 2010 (Replaces V8, published January 2009)en
dc.description.sponsorshipRobert Wood Johnson Foundationen
dc.format.extent397887 bytes
dc.subjectPatient Safetyen
dc.typeWorking Paperen
dc.subject.hlbsecondlevelInformation and Library Science
dc.subject.hlbtoplevelSocial Sciences
dc.contributor.affiliationumInformation, School ofen
dc.contributor.affiliationumcampusAnn Arboren
dc.description.bitstreamurl in Hospitals v9.pdf
dc.owningcollnameInformation, School of (SI)

Files in this item

Show simple item record

Remediation of Harmful Language

The University of Michigan Library aims to describe library materials in a way that respects the people and communities who create, use, and are represented in our collections. Report harmful or offensive language in catalog records, finding aids, or elsewhere in our collections anonymously through our metadata feedback form. More information at Remediation of Harmful Language.


If you are unable to use this file in its current format, please select the Contact Us link and we can modify it to make it more accessible to you.