HANDOVER, is the first major European study (2008-2012) to assess patient transitions. The goal of the study is to identify and study patient handover practices and create standardized approaches to handover communications in 6 European countries (i.e, Sweden, Poland, England, Italy, Spain, Netherlands).

When a patient’s transition from the hospital to home is less than optimal, the repercussions can be far-reaching — hospital readmission, an adverse medical event, and even mortality. Without sufficient information and an understanding of their diagnoses, medication, and self-care needs, patients cannot fully participate in their care during and after hospital stays. Additionally, poorly designed discharge processes create unnecessary stress for medical staff causing failed communications, rework, and frustrations. A comprehensive and reliable discharge plan, along with post-discharge support, can reduce readmission rates, improve health outcomes, and ensure quality transitions

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