Facilitating educational experiences in a paediatric handover: A qualitative case study

J Paediatr Child Health. 2020 Sep;56(9):1426-1431. doi: 10.1111/jpc.14964.


Aim: Handovers have been established as a valuable educational tool; nevertheless, a paucity of literature exists evaluating contributors to the educational experience. Our study aimed to investigate participants' educational experiences based on a paediatric handover, and the facilitators and barriers towards teaching and learning during this process.

Methods: A case study was conducted using semi-structured interviews. Data were collected exploring participants' perspectives of their educational experiences within a handover. An inductive, thematic content analysis was performed to identify key themes, assisted by nVivo software.

Results: Four key themes contributing to the educational experience within a handover were identified related to the organisation of a handover, team dynamics, teaching and learning moments and tensions between the clinical tasks and education. A model is proposed aimed at optimising education within this context.

Conclusions: Our study identified contributing factors towards the educational experiences at handovers and provides strategies to optimise these.

Keywords: handover; medical education; paediatric.