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AJN, American Journal of Nursing

April 2010, Volume 110 Number 4 , p 24 - 34


  • Lee Ann Riesenberg PhD, RN
  • Jessica Leisch BS
  • Janet M. Cunningham MHA, RN, NEA-BC, CENP


Conclusion:Despite the well-known negative consequences of inadequate nursing handoffs, very little research has been done to identify best practices. There is remarkable consistency in the anecdotally suggested strategies; but there is a paucity of evidence to support them. We call for high-quality studies of handoff outcomes that focus on systems factors, human performance, and the effectiveness of structured protocols and interventions.

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