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Response to: Overly optimistic picture of current state of cross-border patient care in ‘Going the extra mile’ by Beuken JA, Verstegen DML, Dolmans D, et al
  1. Juliëtte A Beuken1,
  2. Daniëlle M L Verstegen1,
  3. Diana Dolmans1,
  4. Laura Van Kersbergen2,
  5. Xavier Losfeld3,
  6. Saša Sopka2,4,
  7. Lina Vogt2,4,
  8. Mara E J Bouwmans1
  1. 1Educational Research and Development / School of Health Professions Education, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands
  2. 2Interdisciplinary Training Center of Medical Education and Patient Safety, Medical Faculty, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
  3. 3Level 1 Trauma Center, Emergency Department, CHR Citadelle, Liege, Belgium
  4. 4Department of Anesthesiology, Medical Faculty, University Hospital RWTH Aachen, Aachen, Germany
  1. Correspondence to Ms Juliëtte A Beuken, School of Health Professions Education, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands; j.beuken{at}maastrichtuniversity.nl

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As authors, we were pleased to read the elaborate comments in the correspondence from Kringos et al1 regarding our study, ‘Going the extra mile—cross-border patient handover in a European border region: qualitative study of healthcare professionals’ perspectives’.2 We were happy to read that we succeeded in articulating the need for attention to professionals’ role in cross-border healthcare, especially with regards to the identified challenges (information transfer, differences in task division and education, use of tools and protocols and cultural and language differences). Kringos and colleagues make some excellent points. We would like to elaborate on some of the comments, namely the argued overestimation of cross-border healthcare use, the limited attention for patients and the modesty of proposed actions.

Overestimation of cross-border health care use

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  • Funding This study was funded by European Regional Development Fund (INTERREG V-A programme).

  • Competing interests None declared.

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