Standardizing handoff communication: Content analysis of 27 handoff mnemonics

Mahiyar F. Nasarwanji, Aysel Badir, Ayse P. Gurses

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This study synthesizes information contained in 27 mnemonics to identify what information should be communicated during a handoff. Clustering and content analysis resulted in 12 primary information clusters that should be communicated. Given the large amount of information identified, it would be beneficial to use a structured handoff communication tool developed using a participatory approach. In addition, we recommend local standardization of information communicated during handoffs with variation across settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)238-244
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of nursing care quality
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 15 2016


  • Communication
  • Content analysis
  • Handoff
  • Handover
  • Mnemonic
  • Structured handoff communication tool

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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