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Handoffs, safety culture, and practices: evidence from the hospital survey on patient safety culture.

Lee S-H, Phan PH, Dorman T, et al. BMC health services research. 2016;16:254.

Timely and accurate handoff communication is a critical aspect of patient safety. This survey of hospital staff found that positive perceptions of handoff practices were associated with safety culture, as measured by the AHRQ Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture. The authors suggest focusing on improving handoffs as a strategy to enhance safety culture.