(.)The bedside handover is a universal phenomenon in nearly every type
of care setting. It has become the chief arena for the intershift han
dover in contemporary nursing practice. Published literature investiga
ting patients' viewpoints on the location of the bedside handover is s
parse. (.)The overall aim of this study is to describe and provide an
analysis of patients' perceptions of the bedside handover. (.)A ground
ed theory approach to data collection and data analysis n as employed
to capture surgical patients' views about the bedside handover. (.)The
analysis tentatively suggests the existence of three categories that
describe the patients' perceptions of the bedside handover. 'Maintaini
ng a Professional Distance', 'Establishing Professional Sharing' and '
Maintaining Patient Safety'.