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Improving the Continuity of patient care Through Identification and implementation of Novel patient handover processes in Europe

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Poor continuity of clinical care either at a patient's referral to a hospital by a primary care specialist or at a patient's discharge from the hospital, is a critical aspect of a patient's care. The overall objective of the HANDOVER project is to optimise the continuum of clinical care by identifying and studying best practices and creating standardised approaches to handover communication at the primary care hospital interface and measuring the effectiveness of these practices in terms of costs and impact.

Loes Pijnenborg MD PhD
University Medical Center
Utrecht, the Netherlands
EC contribution: EUR 2 623 200
Duration: 36 months
Starting date: 01/10/2008
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