Poor continuity of clinical care (with multiple provider involvement) is a critical aspect of a patient’s care. Incomplete handoffs to a secondary/tertiary care unit or discharge from hospital can lead to adverse events for patients. Care transitions are especially important for vulnerable groups (i.e, the elderly and the very young), as they are for high-risk patients with multiple co-morbidities.
The overall objective of HANDOVER was to optimize the continuum of clinical care by identifying and studying best practices and creating standardized approaches to handoff communication at the primary care hospital interface, and by measuring the effectiveness of these practices in terms of costs and impact on patients.
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