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Expressing concern and writing it down: an experimental study investigating transfer of information at nursing handover.

Lee H, Cumin D, Devcich DA, et al. Expressing concern and writing it down: an experimental study investigating transfer of information at nursing handover. J Adv Nurs. 2015;71(1):160-8. doi:10.1111/jan.12484.

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March 11, 2015
Lee H, Cumin D, Devcich DA, et al. J Adv Nurs. 2015;71(1):160-8.

This educational experiment randomized nurses to view varying versions of handoff videos. In the recorded handovers, information was transferred either as a simple statement, as spoken information that conveyed concern, as a simple statement with a written summary, or verbally with expressions of concern and a written summary. Researchers found that these factors (expressing concern or referring to a written summary) did not affect information retention, suggesting that other approaches, including standardized communication, may be more useful to improve handoffs.

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Lee H, Cumin D, Devcich DA, et al. Expressing concern and writing it down: an experimental study investigating transfer of information at nursing handover. J Adv Nurs. 2015;71(1):160-8. doi:10.1111/jan.12484.