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A national survey of medical morning handover report in Australian hospitals

Erwin Loh
Med J Aust 2007; 187 (10): 595-596.

To the Editor: I was not surprised by the results published by Fassett et al1 regarding clinical handover. Despite being a crucial part of health care, clinical handover has only recently become a topical issue in the clinical governance arena.

Erwin Loh, Deputy Chief Medical Officer
Clinical Governance Unit, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, VIC.
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Fassett MJ, Hannan TJ, Robertson IK, et al. A national survey of medical morning handover report in Australian hospitals. Med J Aust 2007; 187: 164-165.
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17680742
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World Health Organization. WHO launches “Nine patient safety solutions”. News release, Washington/Geneva, 2 May 2007. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2007/pr22/en/index.html (accessed Sep 2007).
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Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. National Clinical Handover Initiative. http://www.health.gov.au/internet/safety/publishing.nsf/Content/national-clinical-handover (accessed Sep 2007).
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Victorian Quality Council. Clinical handover. http://www.health.vic.gov.au/qualitycouncil/activities/handover.htm (accessed Sep 2007).
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Cheah L-P, Amott DH, Pollard J, Watters DAK. Electronic medical handover: towards safer medical care. Med J Aust 2005; 183: 369-372.
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16201956

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