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Great summary and commentary about the recently published "Changes in Medical Errors after Implementation of a Handoff Program" written by Rena Xu, MD, MBA.

"If you ask any of the residents, they’ll tell you this system works just fine. But as shift changes have become more frequent in recent years to accommodate work hour restrictions, there is concern that the growing number of handoffs may be leading to medical errors. As in a game of “telephone,” information can get distorted each time it is relayed. If reducing the quantity of handoffs isn’t an option, is there a way to improve the quality?"

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