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"Anybody on this list that you're more worried about?" Qualitative analysis exploring the functions of questions during end of shift handoffs.

O'Brien CM, Flanagan ME, Bergman AA, et al. BMJ quality & safety. 2016;25:76-83.

This qualitative analysis of verbal handoffs within physician dyads and within nurse dyads found that most questions during handoffs came from incoming providers, who were typically requesting additional information or seeking consensus on clinical reasoning. These results complement a recent study that also supported adding interactive questioning to structured handoff communication.