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

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.
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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)

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FUNDACION AVEDIS DONABEDIAN PARA LA MEJORA DE LA CALIDAD ASISTENCIAL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 236 400

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 306 000

CENTRUM MONITOROWANIA JAKOSCI W OCHRONIE ZDROWIA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 235 200

AZIENDA SANITARIA DI FIRENZE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 259 200

STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 319 200

OPEN UNIVERSITEIT NEDERLAND

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 262 800

KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET

Sweden

Karolinska University Hospital

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 327 600

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 223409

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2008

  • End date

    30 September 2011

Funded under:

FP7-HEALTH

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 443 100

  • EU contribution

    € 2 623 200

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAIR MEDISCH CENTRUM UTRECHT

Netherlands