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September 30, 2009

Academic year-end transfers of outpatients from outgoing to incoming residents: an unaddressed patient safety issue.

Young JQ, Wachter RM. Academic year-end transfers of outpatients from outgoing to incoming residents: an unaddressed patient safety issue. JAMA. 2009;302(12):1327-9. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1399.

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Young JQ, Wachter RM. JAMA. 2009;302:1327-9.

Care transitions pose a risk to patient safety. This commentary discusses the problems inherent when patient care responsibilities are transferred from graduating residents to their successors, and suggests methods by which residency programs can ensure safe transitions in this setting.

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Young JQ, Wachter RM. Academic year-end transfers of outpatients from outgoing to incoming residents: an unaddressed patient safety issue. JAMA. 2009;302(12):1327-9. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1399.