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Journal Article

Bedside shift-to-shift handoffs: a systematic review of the literature.

Mardis T, Mardis M, Davis J, et al. Journal of nursing care quality. 2016;31:54-60.

Incomplete handoffs and poor communication regarding key clinical information may lead to adverse events. According to this systematic review, current research on bedside nursing handoffs suggests this method (conducting handoffs at the patient's bedside, instead of in a conference room or nurses' station) can improve patient and staff satisfaction, but evidence regarding its effect on patient safety is largely lacking.