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Nursing issues
Patients prefer bedside handover and wish to be active partners in it
  1. Jiale Hu
  1. Department of Nurse Anesthesia, College of Health Professions, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, USA
  1. Correspondence to Professor Jiale Hu, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23284, USA; jhu4{at}

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Commentary on: Oxelmark, L, Whitty, JA, Ulin, K, et al. Patients prefer clinical handover at the bedside; nurses do not: evidence from a discrete choice experiment. International Journal of NursingStudies. Epub ahead of print: 27 Sep 2019.

Implications for practice and research

  • It is important to have patients as active partners in the team during bedside handovers and have their voices heard.

  • Future qualitative studies are warranted to explore the reasons for individual preferences and identify the barriers and facilitators of implementing bedside handover.


Clinical handover is a valuable source of patient health information for nurses and patients. Numerous studies have found that bedside handover could significantly enhance the delivery of relevant information and decrease miscommunication between patients and nurses.1 Besides, bedside handover could increase patient participation …

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