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I-PASS Handoff Curriculum: Faculty Observation Tools

Published: October 3, 2013 | 10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9570

Included in this publication:

  • Guidelines for Faculty Observations of Resident Handoffs.doc
  • I-PASS Handoff Curriculum Faculty Observation Tools.doc
  • Printed Handoff Document Assessment Faculty Observation and Feedback Tool.doc
  • Verbal Handoff Assessment Faculty Observation and Feedback Tool for Receiver.doc
  • Verbal Handoff Assessment Faculty Observation and Feedback Tool.doc

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The Faculty Observation Tools section contains a set of assessment tools designed to be used by residency programs implementing the Core Resident Workshop in order to ensure that residents acquire competency in handoff skills, as well as to reinforce the I-PASS techniques and ensure sustainment of the I-PASS Handoff Curriculum. These tools are also meant to meet the ACGME Common Program Requirements that all training programs ensure and monitor effective patient handoffs. Included are tools to assess the skills of the giver and receiver of verbal handoffs, as well as a tool to assess the quality of a printed patient handoff document. In addition, we include detailed information about how to administer and apply each item in the assessment tools. The I-PASS Handoff Curriculum: Faculty Observation Tools is one of six submissions which are part of the I-PASS Handoff Curriculum Collection, created by a group of pediatric educators, health services researchers, and hospitalists to teach a standardized approach to handoffs in inpatient settings. This collection is a comprehensive, evidence-based, and consensus-driven suite of educational materials created for a multisite study that includes the following complementary components: the Core Resident Workshop, Handoff Simulation Exercises, the Online Module, the Campaign Toolkit, and Faculty Development Resources.

Educational Objectives

By the end of the module, learners will be able to:

  1. List the elements that faculty can observe during a resident-to-resident handoff.
  2. Explain how immediate feedback can improve the quality of a handoff.
  3. Describe how providing feedback on a printed handoff document can improve the transfer of care and responsibility during a handoff.

Author Information

Amy J. Starmer, MD, MPH: Doernbecher Children's Hospital

Christopher Landrigan, MD, MPH: Boston Children's Hospital

Rajendu Srivastava, MD, MPH: Primary Children's Medical Center

Karen M. Wilson, MD, MPH: Children's Hospital Colorado

April Allen, MA, BA: Boston Children's Hospital

Sanjay Mahant, MD, MSc, FRCPC: Hospital for Sick Children

Elizabeth Noble: Boston Children's Hospital

Theodore Sectish, MD: Boston Children's Hospital

Jamie Spackman Blank, MSHS, CCRP: University of Utah School of Medicine

Lisa L. Tse: Boston Children's Hospital

Nancy Dollase Spector, MD: St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

Daniel C. West: UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital

I-PASS Education Executive Committee

Drs. Landrigan and Srivastava are supported in part by the Child Health Corporation of America for their work on the PRIS Research Network Executive Council. Dr Starmer is supported in part by an institutional K12 award from Oregon Health and Science University and the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, grant 1K12HS019456-01. This work was developed with input from the IIPE and the PRIS Network.

This educational module was supported by a grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (# 1R18AE000023-01), in addition to an in-kind sponsorship from both the Initiative for Innovation in Pediatric Education (IIPE) and Pediatric Research in Inpatient Settings (PRIS).


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Starmer A, Landrigan C, Srivastava R, et al. I-PASS Handoff Curriculum: faculty observation tools. MedEdPORTAL. 2013;9:9570. https://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9570