Packaging Patients and Handing Them Over

Nugus, P. et al. Annals of Emergency Medicine. Published online: December 11 2016

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Study objective: Communication is commonly understood by health professional researchers to consist of relatively isolated exchanges of information. The social and organizational context is given limited credit. This article examines the significance of the environmental complexity of the emergency department (ED) in influencing communication strategies and makes the case for adopting a richer understanding of organizational communication.

 

Conclusion: This study shows that handoff of patients from the ED to other hospital departments is a complex communication process that involves more than a series of “checklistable” information exchanges. Clinicians must learn to use both negotiation and persuasion to achieve objectives.

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