Bedside Shift-to-Shift Handoffs: A Systematic Review of the Literature

J Nurs Care Qual. Jan-Mar 2016;31(1):54-60. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000142.


Multiple institutions identify communication and shift-to-shift handoffs as a source of clinical errors. Conducting handoffs at the bedside has been proposed as a potential solution to improve the quality of communication at change of shift. This article reports a systematic review of English-language research articles, published between January 1, 2008, and October 31, 2014, focused on bedside shift-to-shift handoffs. Forty-one articles were identified and analyzed in this systematic review.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Communication
  • Humans
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care
  • Patient Handoff*
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Self Report*