New Study Reveals Link Between Handoffs and Claims

Healthcare Risk Management reports on a large study conducted by Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) in which researchers reviewed 498 medical malpractice claims provided by Candello, CRICO’s national medical malpractice collaborative. The work revealed a direct relationship between the quality of patient handoffs and claims.

Of the cases that involved communication failures, the BCH researchers found that 40% included a handoff of care. Of those cases involving patient handoffs, 77% likely were preventable with a handoff tool developed by the I-PASS Patient Safety Institute. Additionally, malpractice cases involving communication errors were more expensive to defend.

candelloresearch-ipassCitation for the Full-text Article

Improving patient handoffs helps reduce malpractice claims. Healthcare Risk Management. March 1, 2022. Available at

Cookies help us improve your website experience.
By using our website, you agree to our use of cookies.