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Beyond the content: the role of teamwork and communication in patient handoffs
Lazzara, Elizabeth H.
Chan, Y. Raymond
AdvisorPalmer, Evan M.; Keebler, Joseph R.
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Patient handoffs are the transition of patient care from one provider or group of providers to the next (Joint Commission, 2005). Handoffs are important, information rich communication events that are essential for maintaining patient safety (Institute of Medicine, 2000). We sought to understand the role of handoff communication for providers not using a standardized handoff protocol by conducting interviews using semi-structured and 'think aloud' protocols with 13 clinicians at a large Midwestern pediatric hospital. We identified several interesting themes in the interviews beyond factual handoff content, including the role of expertise, experience and individual style on how handoffs are conducted.
Poster project completed at the Wichita State University Department of Psychology. Presented at the 11th Annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit, Topeka, KS, February 13, 2014.