Nurses' views of patient handoffs in Japanese hospitals

Xiuzhu Gu, Henning Boje Andersen, Marlene Dyrløv Madsen, Kenji Itoh, Inger Margrete Siemsen

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    Staff perceptions of risks associated with patient handoffs were investigated in a survey of nurses in 6 Japanese hospitals. A total of 1462 valid responses were collected from nurses with an overall response rate of 74%. Respondents are moderately satisfied with the transfer of information and responsibility during handoffs. However, the handoff system was identified as immature. Hospital, work setting, and work experience affected nurses' views of handoff quality. Strategies for improving patient handoffs in Japan are proposed.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Nursing Care Quality
    Issue number4
    Pages (from-to)372-380
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


    • Communication
    • Patient handoff
    • Patient safety
    • Shift report


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