Impact of Structured Clinical Handover Protocol on Communication and Patient Satisfaction

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J Patient Exp. 2021 Mar 3;8:2374373521997733. doi: 10.1177/2374373521997733. eCollection 2021.


The Handover process is an essential aspect of patient care in daily clinical practice to ensure continuity of patient care. Standardization of clinical handover may reduce sentinel events due to inaccurate and ineffective communication. Single arm experimental trial was conducted to assess the effect of standard Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation (SBAR) protocol implementation in overall bedside nursing handover process, patient satisfaction, and nurses' acceptance. As a sample, all nursing staff of specified unit, all handover process performed by them, and patients admitted during study the period were included. Initially, the prevailing handover process and patient satisfaction regarding nursing handover was assessed using a structured observation checklist. During the implementation phase, nurses were trained on an SBAR handover protocol. After implementation, nursing handovers were again assessed and data regarding patient satisfaction and nurses' acceptance were collected. There was a statistically significant difference (P < .05) in median scores between the pre and post-intervention group on overall nursing handover and patient satisfaction regarding nursing handover. Standardization of patient's handover process is effective in terms of improving nursing handover process, patient satisfaction, and health professionals' acceptance.

PMID:34179390 | PMC:PMC8205370 | DOI:10.1177/2374373521997733

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