Nursing theories as the basis for the handover development: A systematic review

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Objectives: To identify appropriate theories as the basis for the handover development technique in nursing interventions. Methods: The design is a systematic review consisting of literature from web sources including Proquest, EBSCOhost, Science Direct, and Google Scholar. Data strategy was utilized to obtain English articles dated between 2015 and 2020. Further analysis was performed using the principles of Hildegard E. Peplau's which focuses on the nurse-client communication, and that of Imogene M. King regarding the management system. Josepha Camphina-Bacote's principles on Cultural Competence. Result: The inclusion criteria was 10 articles, and all the articles mentioned individual and interpersonal management systems through the involvement of patients during handovers, as well as inviting them to participate and support strong two-way communications. Two articles discussed environmental management, another two revealed Patient-centered information-gathering as a basis for continuous care. Furthermore, all the reviews stated that the importance of communication between staff was considered to be strongly linked to patient safety. Conclusions: Majority of the studies in handover of nursing care mentioned the importance of the nurse-client relationship and communication to improve the services, as well as ensure the patient's safety.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)576-579
Number of pages4
JournalEnfermeria Clinica
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021


  • Communication
  • Handover
  • J. Camphina-Bacote
  • King
  • Peplau


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