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Quality of handoffs in community pharmacies.

Abebe E, Stone JA, Lester CA, et al. Quality of Handoffs in Community Pharmacies. J Patient Saf. 2021;17(6):405-411. doi:10.1097/PTS.0000000000000382.

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May 10, 2017
Abebe E, Stone JA, Lester CA, et al. J Patient Saf. 2021;17(6):405-411.

Handoffs present a significant patient safety hazard across multiple health care settings. Interruptions and distractions, which can interfere with handoff communication, are prevalent in pharmacy environments. This cross-sectional survey of community pharmacies found that virtually none of the pharmacists had received training in how to hand off information. A significant proportion of responses indicated that pharmacy information technology systems do not support handoff communication. Respondents reported that handoffs are frequently inadequate or inaccurate. The authors conclude that interventions are needed to enhance the quality of handoff communication in community pharmacy settings to prevent dispensing errors.

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Abebe E, Stone JA, Lester CA, et al. Quality of Handoffs in Community Pharmacies. J Patient Saf. 2021;17(6):405-411. doi:10.1097/PTS.0000000000000382.