Communication at the bedside to enhance patient care: A survey of nurses experience and perspective of handover

International Journal of Nursing Practice, 04/01/2011

Following implementation of standardized bedside handover on two wards, the audit revealed significant improvement in the involvement of patients, use of Situation–Background–Assessment–Recommendation, active patient checks and checking of documentation. These findings suggest the use of standardized protocols and communication tools for bedside handover improve continuity of patient care.

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