Time to hand over our old way of working?

Hosp Med. 2005 Jul;66(7):399-400. doi: 10.12968/hmed.2005.66.7.18383.


The European Working Time Directive and the change to shift working have highlighted the need for a high level of continuity of patient care. Continuity of information, through a competent and professional handover allows doctors to be not only made aware of the issues important to each patient's care, but also allows a knowledge-based approach to that patient's management.

MeSH terms

  • Continuity of Patient Care / organization & administration*
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Medical Staff, Hospital / organization & administration*
  • Personnel Staffing and Scheduling / trends*
  • United Kingdom
  • Work Schedule Tolerance*