Journal Article
Review

Shift-to-shift handoff effects on patient safety and outcomes: a systematic review.

Mardis M, Davis J, Benningfield B, et al. American journal of medical quality : the official journal of the American College of Medical Quality. 2017;32:34-42.

This systematic review examined the effect of handoff improvement interventions on patient outcomes. Studies were so heterogenous that authors could not reliably synthesize results, and they recommend more rigorous prospective controlled studies with pre-specified patient outcomes. A previous WebM&M commentary discusses strategies to enhance handoffs.