New Tools for Patient-Based Interventions in Primary Care
(from the U.S. Department of Health)
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
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Section: Spotlight Articles, April/May 2017




The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Warm Handoffs patient intervention strategy, part of the agency’s “Guide to Improving Patient Safety in Primary Care by Engaging Patients and Families,” is a new set of tools for patient interventions in primary care.

A warm handoff is a verbal communication between two members of the health care team during transitions of care. It moves these conversations from outside of the exam room to inside and in front of the patient (and family if they are present). This safety check strategy allows patients to validate and verify information relevant to their care, and may improve clinical outcomes.

Click here to access the Implementation Quick Start Guide for this intervention and other related tools and resources.

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