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Improving the Continuity of patient care Through Identification and implementation of Novel patient handoff processes in Europe

Objective

Research has shown that every year 30,000 European patients suffer preventable harm during treatment. It is estimated there were potentially 1,735 avoidable deaths in 2004. The financial cost of avoidable adverse events is reckoned at €167 million, 1% of hospitals’ total budget, due to longer hospital stays and additional treatment. Many of these adverse events relate to handoff in care. Poor continuity of clinical care (with multiple provider involvement), either at a patient’s referral to a hospital by a primary care specialist or at a patient’s discharge from the hospital, is a critical aspect of a patient’s care. Incomplete handoffs to a secondary/tertiary care unit or discharge from hospital can lead to adverse events for patients that may ultimately lead to either life threatening situations during treatment/surgery or avoidable treatment and / or re-hospitalizations after the patient’s discharge. Care transitions are especially important for vulnerable groups as the elder and the very young as for high-risk patients with multiple co-morbidities. The overall objective the HANDOVER project is optimize the continuum of clinical care at the primary care hospital interface by reducing unnecessary and avoidable treatment - medical errors and loss of life, by identifying and studying best practices and creating standardized approaches to handoff communication at the primary care hospital interface and measuring the effectiveness of these practices in terms of costs and impact. Handoffs take as many forms as there are handoff scenarios. The idea of developing a single approach for all handoffs is not likely to be possible due to the diversity and complexity of healthcare. HANDOVER will therefore aim at providing standardised basic elements in handoff processes, which can be tailored to meet local and/or institutional needs for flexibility.

Call for proposal

FP7-HEALTH-2007-B
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITAIR MEDISCH CENTRUM UTRECHT
Address
Heidelberglaan 100
3584 CX Utrecht
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 676 800
Administrative Contact
Loes Pijnenborg (Dr.)

Participants (8)

FUNDACION AVEDIS DONABEDIAN PARA LA MEJORA DE LA CALIDAD ASISTENCIAL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 236 400
Address
Calle Provenza 293 Pral
08037 Barcelona
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Alvaro Melero (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 306 000
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Robert Fekete (Mr.)
CENTRUM MONITOROWANIA JAKOSCI W OCHRONIE ZDROWIA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 235 200
Address
Ul. Syrokomli 10
30 102 Krakow
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Pawel Tyrka (Mr.)
AZIENDA SANITARIA DI FIRENZE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 259 200
Address
Piazza Santa Maria Nuova 1
50122 Firenze
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Riccardo Ceroti (Dr.)
STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 319 200
Address
Geert Grooteplein Noord 9
6525 EZ Nijmegen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Angelo Piana
OPEN UNIVERSITEIT NEDERLAND
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 262 800
Address
Valkenburgerweg 177
6419 AT Heerlen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marlies Timmermans (Ms.)
KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET

Participation ended

Sweden
Address
Nobels Vag 5
17177 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Rolf Trana (Mr.)
Karolinska University Hospital
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 327 600
Address
Karolinska Universitets Sjukhuset, Solna
171 76 Stockholm
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Margareta Löfgren