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Exploring emergency physician–hospitalist handoff interactions: development of the Handoff Communication Assessment.

Apker J, Mallak LA, Applegate B, et al. Exploring emergency physician-hospitalist handoff interactions: development of the Handoff Communication Assessment. Ann Emerg Med. 2010;55(2):161-70. doi:10.1016/j.annemergmed.2009.09.021.

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March 17, 2010
Apker J, Mallak LA, Applegate B, et al. Ann Emerg Med. 2010;55:161-70.

This study reports on the development of a tool to assess the content and structure of handoff communications between emergency physicians and hospitalists. The authors found that the handoff communication was mostly "one-way," consisting primarily of information exchange without interactive questions and answers.

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Apker J, Mallak LA, Applegate B, et al. Exploring emergency physician-hospitalist handoff interactions: development of the Handoff Communication Assessment. Ann Emerg Med. 2010;55(2):161-70. doi:10.1016/j.annemergmed.2009.09.021.