Transfer of Care

Under Review: No
Issued by Council: January 1, 2010
Reissued by Council: October 1, 2016


  1. A regulated member transferring full or partial responsibility for a patient’s care to another healthcare provider(s) must:
    1. communicate clearly with the accepting healthcare provider(s) and provide a timely, written summary that includes the following information:
      1. identification of the roles and responsibilities of the regulated member and other healthcare providers involved in the patient’s ongoing care;
      2. pertinent clinical information, including outstanding test results and active consultations;
      3. treatment plans and recommendations for follow-up care;
    2. have a discussion with the patient to:
      1. identify the roles and responsibilities of the regulated member and other healthcare providers involved in the patient’s ongoing care; and
      2. explain treatment plans and recommendations for follow-up care.
  2. A regulated member discharging a patient from a healthcare facility must:
    1. complete a timely discharge summary consistent with the policies of the facility; and
    2. provide relevant healthcare providers with pertinent clinical information, including, but not limited to:
      1. discharge medications;
      2. outstanding investigations, including responsibility for requisitioning follow-up; and
      3. active consultations.


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For archived standards, policies and guidelines:
Chantelle.Brigden@cpsa.ab.ca