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Editor's CorrespondenceCOMMENTS AND OPINIONS

Arch Intern Med. 2009;169(8):809-813. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2009.85

I commend Horwitz and colleagues1 for their recent work titled “Consequences of Inadequate Sign-out for Patient Care,” published in the September 8, 2008, issue. The authors completed a prospective study of 88 patient sign-outs conducted by 8 internal medicine interns and residents over 12 days, emphasizing inadequacies that may affect resident delivery of patient care. This study attempted to illuminate a topic of importance to medical educators but left unanswered several questions.