Does intentional rounding practice improve patient safety and experience?

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Abstract

Although widely used in UK hospitals, rounding is still a relatively new concept and the available literature fails to capture what it means from the perspective of patients and nurses. This article describes a study conducted to increase understanding of how rounding affects patient experience and nursing care. An ethnographic method was used to observe, listen to and talk with nurses and patients about their experiences of rounding. The findings reveal rounding practice was disconnected from clinical care, and sometimes appeared routine, ritualistic and at risk of becoming a tick-box exercise, with a hands-off approach and limited impact on patient safety. More research is needed to strengthen the evidence base for this widely used intervention.

Citation Langley S et al (2017) Does intentional rounding practice improve patient safety and experience? Nursing Times [online]; 113: 8, 36–40.

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• What intentional rounding or nurse rounding entails

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• How rounding was practised on two acute inpatient wards

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• Challenges of rounding in practice

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