Focus on Transitions of Care: Description and Evaluation of an Educational Intervention for Internal Medicine Residents

Hanan Aboumatar, Robert D. Allison, Leonard Feldman, Kevin Woods, Patricia Thomas, Charles M Wiener

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Transitions of care between physicians and from inpatient to outpatient settings leave patients vulnerable to medical errors and adverse events. A transitions of care workshop consisting of 2 sessions, Sign-Out Success (SOS) and Transition To Home (TTH), taught sign-out and discharge skills to incoming internal medicine interns during orientation. The workshop used role-playing exercises, didactics, demonstrations, and peer and self-evaluations. Interns completed a survey at 3 months post workshop. Using pre–post workshop measures, SOS increased the quality of intern-rated sign-outs (P =.004). Interns reported more confidence in their ability to effectively sign out (P =.016) and a greater understanding of problems that might arise while on call (P =.012). TTH increased intern-reported confidence in their ability to communicate discharge instructions (P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)522-529
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Medical Quality
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 8 2014



  • discharges
  • handoffs
  • physician–patient communication
  • sign-out success
  • sign-outs
  • transition to home
  • transitions of care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy

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