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Exploring socio-technical insights for safe nursing handover


Wong, MC and Yee, KC and Turner, P, Exploring socio-technical insights for safe nursing handover, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 241 pp. 43-48. ISSN 0926-9630 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-794-8-43


Current efforts to improve nursing handover frequently use prescriptive approaches based on research evidence of handover issues within a single nursing ward or nursing specialty. Despite reported handover improvement, few studies adequately consider the transferability of results to other nursing handover environments or acknowledge the unique attributes that supported sustained improvement. With the increasing diffusion of electronic tools it has become even more critical to ensure that socio-technical issues that may impact on the quality and safety of nursing handovers are identified. This paper describes a qualitative research project that examined nursing handover in three different wards - General Medicine, General Surgery and Department of Emergency Medicine in a tertiary teaching hospital. Through conduct of a detailed analysis of nursing handover processes, this paper highlights the similarities and differences in the handover among the three different wards and presents five key socio-technical insights to support safe nursing handover.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:nursing handover, patient safety, medical error, implementation science, continuity of care, handoff, socio-technical,
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health care administration
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health policy evaluation
UTAS Author:Wong, MC (Dr Ming Wong)
UTAS Author:Yee, KC (Dr Kwang Yee)
UTAS Author:Turner, P (Associate Professor Paul Turner)
ID Code:120515
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2017-08-28
Last Modified:2018-09-11
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