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Journal Article
Study

A prospective observational study of physician handoff for intensive-care-unit-to-ward patient transfers.

Li P, Stelfox HT, Ghali WA. The American Journal of Medicine. 2011;124.

Physicians and patients generally expressed satisfaction with the handoff process when patients were transferred from the intensive care unit to the general ward. However, direct verbal communication occurred in only a small minority of cases, and several preventable errors did occur, implying the need for a more standardized process.