• Study
  • Published March 2014

Clinical clerkship students' perceptions of (un)safe transitions for every patient.

This qualitative analysis of medical students' perceptions revealed persistent concerns related to the safety of transitions in care, despite much attention and recommendations related to improving handoffs. The most common cause of frustration among students was poor communication, which included unclear discussion about responsibilities, incomplete explanation regarding patients' needs, and inadequate identification of health care workers involved with the handoff.

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