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Journal Article
Study

Failures in communication through documents and documentation across the perioperative pathway.

Braaf S, Riley R, Manias E. J Clin Nurs. 2015;24(13-14):1874-1884.

This qualitative study of communication among providers in perioperative care revealed a reliance on written documentation, which was often difficult to find or missing key information, rather than verbal signout. This finding underscores the importance of structured, verbal handoffs to ensure adequate provider communication.