Work in Progress: Intended and Unintended Consequences: A Qualitative Exploration of Emergency Medicine Residents’ Experiences with Patient Handoffs

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Work in Progress: Intended and Unintended Consequences: A Qualitative Exploration of Emergency Medicine Residents’ Experiences with Patient Handoffs

April 3, 2025 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Intended and Unintended Consequences: A Qualitative Exploration of Emergency Medicine Residents’ Experiences with Patient Handoffs

Ivan Zvonar, MD, Department of Emergency Medicine

Collaborator(s)

Naeem Bayaa, MD, University of Washington, Department of Emergency Medicine 
Max Griffith, MD, University of Washington, Department of Emergency Medicine 
Alexander Garrett, MD, University of Washington, Department of Emergency Medicine 
Bjorn Watsjold, MD, MPH, University of Washington, Department of Emergency Medicine 
Laura Welsh, MD, Boston Medical Center, Department of Emergency Medicine 
Joshua Jauregui, MD, University of Washington, Department of Emergency Medicine 
Jon Ilgen, MD, PhD, University of Washington, Department of Emergency Medicine 

Abstract: The process of handoff is central to the safe transition of medical care. Miscommunication during times of handoff can result in adverse events, and therefore structured tools to improve handoff focus on standardized communication. However, handoff also represents a time of complex social dynamics that have not been well studied, particularly through the lens of the resident trainee. Exploring these processes, and the intended and unintended consequences for the trainee that result from engaging in the handoff process, is crucial to gaining a better understanding of resident experiential learning. Therefore, we propose a qualitative study that will explore these moments of resident physician interactions, focusing on the emergency department, as this area’s innate qualities magnify the complexities of these processes. The study will be performed using a constructivist grounded theory approach, which utilizes inductive techniques to generate theory. The aim of this study is to generate a better understanding of these social processes at their consequences to trainees, in order to inform ongoing efforts and structures that promote supportive learning environments. 

Details

Date:
April 3, 2025
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Venue

Online Event: Zoom
WA United States

Organizer

UW Medicine | CLIME
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