Time as a key topic in health professionals’ perceptions of clinical handovers

Bernadette M. Watson, Liz Jones, Julia Cretchley

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Clinical handovers are an essential part of the daily care and treatment of hospital patients. We invoked a language and social psychology lens to investigate how different health professional groups discussed the communication problems and strengths they experienced in handovers. We conducted in-depth interviews with three different health professional groups within a large metropolitan hospital. We used Leximancer text analytics software as a tool to analyze the data. Results showed that time was of concern to all groups in both similar and diverse ways. All professionals discussed time management, time pressures, and the difficulties of coordinating different handovers. Each professional group had its own unique perceptions and priorities about handovers. Our findings indicated that health professionals understood what was required for handover improvement but did not have the extra capacity to alter their current environment. Hospital management, with clinicians, need to implement handover schedule processes that prioritize interprofessional representation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalGlobal Qualitative Nursing Research
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Communication
  • Concept mapping
  • Health care
  • Culture of
  • Interprofessional
  • Interviews
  • Semistructured
  • Quality of care
  • Social identity

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