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.
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A national survey of medical morning handover report in Australian hospitals
Med J Aust 2007; 187 (10): 595-596.
Erwin Loh, Deputy Chief Medical Officer
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