What is the effect of electronic clinical handovers on patient outcomes? A systematic review

Belinda Delardes, Lisa McLeod, Samantha Chakraborty, Kelly Ann Bowles

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Handover between physicians is a high-risk event for communication errors. Using electronic handover platforms has potential to improve the quality of informational transfer and therefore minimise this risk. This systematic review sought to compare the effectiveness of electronic handover methods on patient outcomes. Articles were identified by searching MEDLINE, EMbase, Scopus and CINAHL databases. Studies involving electronic handover between two healthcare personnel or teams, and which described patientspecific outcomes, were included. This search yielded 390 articles, with a total of nine publications included in the analysis. Outcomes reported in studies included length of stay, adverse event rates, time to procedure and handover completeness. This review suggests that e-handover may improve the handover completeness; however, it is unclear at this time if that translates to an improvement in patient care. The lack of reliable evidence highlights the need for further research exploring the effect of e-handovers on patient care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2422-2434
Number of pages13
JournalHealth Informatics Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • communication
  • electronic health records
  • length of stay
  • medical errors
  • patient handoff

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