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Bedside Handover Enhances Completion of Nursing Care and Documentation

Kerr, Debra PhD, RN; Lu, Sai PhD, MBBS; McKinlay, Louise RN

doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e31828aa6e0

Bedside handover has been proposed as a patient-focused nursing practice model with the potential to reduce adverse events and improve standards of care. This pre-/postintervention study examined changes in completion of nursing care tasks and documentation after the implementation of bedside handover. Analysis of 754 cases revealed significant improvements in several nursing care tasks and documentation, whereas there was no variation in handover duration. Implementing bedside handover may enhance nursing care for hospitalized patients.

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School of Nursing and Midwifery, Victoria University, St Albans (Drs Kerr and Lu); and Centre of Education, Western Health, Footscray (Ms McKinlay), Victoria, Australia.

Correspondence: Debra Kerr, PhD, RN, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Victoria University, Bldg 4, McKechnie St, St Albans 3021, Victoria, Australia (

This study was supported in the form of a grant from Victoria University.

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The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Accepted for publication: January 30, 2013

Published online before print: March 7, 2013

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