10/2/2008

A survey of 161 residents at Massachusetts General Hospital finds more than half reported at least one time in their month-long rotations when a patient was harmed during the transferring of care to another physician. About 12% of residents said a handoff resulted in major harm -- the patient got sicker, stayed in the hospital longer, or suffered a disability or death. The study was published in the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

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