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Journal Article

The effect of a checklist on the quality of post-anaesthesia patient handover: a randomized controlled trial.

Salzwedel C, Bartz H-J, Kühnelt I, et al. International journal for quality in health care : journal of the International Society for Quality in Health Care. 2013;25:176-81.

Implementing a checklist for post-surgical handoffs resulted in more information being included in the handoff, but on average, only about half of the checklist items were specifically discussed. Prior studies have also found lower than expected checklist adherence in real-world settings.