Clinical Handover: effectiveness and perception in interprofessional simulation education.

Miss Clare Sutton1, Mrs Amanda Hlushak1, Dr Caroline  Robertson2, Dr Jannine Bailey2, Dr Patricia Logan1,  Mr Alex MacQuarrie1, Miss Georgina Pickering1

1Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, Australia, 2Western Sydney University, Bathurst, Australia


Background:Handover tools are routinely used for a standardised transfer of patient care information from one health professional to another, however not all health disciplines use the same language or tools to deliver their information transfer.   As a result patient outcomes may be affected through poor information transfers and deficient professional group understandings.

Aim:To evaluate the effectiveness of current handover tools used amongst three  student health professionals: medical, paramedic and nursing students in a simulated environment.  A secondary aim was to understand student health professional’s current knowledge regarding successful handovers and evaluate their understanding of role perceptions through the use of interprofessional education (IPE) and simulation.

Methods:A convergent parallel mixed-method design. 3rd year paramedic, nursing and medical student doctors in year 4/5, were recruited to participate in a simulation day examining both an inbound and an outbound clinical simulation. Handovers were videoed and the data points transferred between practitioners were assessed using clinical checklists. Perceptions of Handover effectiveness were collected from students who performed the initial handover in the scenario as well as a rating of which aspects they believed impacted on handover success.

Results:** under analysis

Discussion: The  loss of information from one health professional to another has the potential to affect patient outcomes and decrease the quality of patient care.   There may be many reasons for this such as limited exposure to handovers and/or a discrepancy in handover tools used between health disciplines. Further discussion will be available post data analysis.


Amanda Hlushak is a lecturer and master student at Charles Sturt University.  Her initial training as an advanced care paramedic was obtained in Canada where she worked for over 10 years in a busy urban centre.  Amanda’s research interests include Interprofessional Education (IPE), handovers and advanced airway management