Posted on 18. June 2014 · Posted in project info

The last months the PATIENT project consortium put a lot of effort into workpackage 4 Curriculum and Educational Material and now we proudly present the resulting Curriculum for Handover Training in Medical Education.

What is included in the curriculum and why is it important?

What is handover?
Handover is the accurate, reliable communication of task-relevant information between doctors and patients and from one care-giver to another. This occurs in many situations in healthcare.
Why is handover important?
Improperly conducted handovers lead to wrong treatment, delays in medical diagnosis, life threatening adverse events, patient complaints, increased health care expenditure, increased length of stay hospital and a range of other effects that impact on the health system.
This is how accurate performed and well-structured handovers improve patient safety, i.e. “absence of preventable harm to a patient during the process of health care” (WHO).
How to teach handover?
The best way to teach practical skills is, to let students perform the skill. To decrease the risk for real patients simulation is the teaching method of choice.

Therefore and on the basis of the project’s preceding results, this curriculum is divided into three modules:
Module 1 – Risk and Error Management
Module 2 – Effective Communication
Module 3 – Simulation

Please feel free to use any content for your own handover training module, also we would be grateful if you let us know.
If you have any questions or need advice, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

During the upcoming months we are going to implement pilot trainings at different sites to analyse the feasibility of the curriculum structure and content.

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Lina Stieger