Care transitions for hospitalized patients

Med Clin North Am. 2008 Mar;92(2):315-24, viii. doi: 10.1016/j.mcna.2007.11.002.


Ensuring safe care transitions is a core part of hospital medicine. These transitions include inpatient-outpatient transitions and in-hospital transitions. To ensure safe care during these transitions, clinicians should be aware of the types of transitions and the way in which these transitions can impede safe patient care. With this knowledge, strategies to ensure patient safety during care transitions can be adopted and training directed at teaching physicians safe hands-off practices could be developed and supported.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Ambulatory Care / standards*
  • Ambulatory Care / trends
  • Continuity of Patient Care / trends*
  • Hospitalists / trends*
  • Humans
  • Inpatients*
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care / trends*
  • United States