For Residents, by Residents: Developing a Physician Handoff Tool at a University Affiliated Community Hospital

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Cureus. 2021 Sep 28;13(9):e18352. doi: 10.7759/cureus.18352. eCollection 2021 Sep.


The 80-hour per week work limit resulted in an increased number of patient handoffs. A satisfactory handoff system should optimize the exchange of vital patient information while concisely minimizing error. This project describes our experience and lessons learned in successfully developing and implementing an Electronic Health Record (EHR)-integrated handoff system based on the I-PASS model. The handoff system, termed Physician Handoff, was refined through end-user feedback. End-users were evaluated on the quality of handoff in the following categories: Illness Severity, Patient Summary, Action List, and Situational Awareness. Resulting survey showed high adoption and satisfaction rate with Physician Handoff. Success can be attributed to interdepartmental collaboration, credentialing the users, and recognizing the importance of end-user feedback.

PMID:34725604 | PMC:PMC8555754 | DOI:10.7759/cureus.18352

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