Structured Rounding Tools Aid Multidisciplinary Rounds

Share this content:
Structured Rounding Tools Aid Multidisciplinary Rounds
Structured Rounding Tools Aid Multidisciplinary Rounds

FRIDAY, Dec. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The use of structured rounding tools improves time allocation per patient and communication breakdowns during hand-offs in multidisciplinary rounds, according to a study published recently in JMIR Human Factors.

Joanna Abraham, Ph.D., from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and colleagues used audio recordings of rounds (82 patients) to compare time allocation and communication breakdowns between two rounding tools: problem-based Subjective, Objective, Assessment, and Plan (SOAP) or system-based Handoff Intervention Tool (HAND-IT).

The researchers found no significant linear dependence of the order of patient presentation on the time spent or on communication breakdowns for both structured tools. For the problem-based tool (SOAP), there was a significant linear relationship between the time spent on discussing a patient and the number of communication breakdowns (P < 0.05). On average, there were an additional 1.04 breakdowns with every 120 seconds in discussion.

"This study shows that the use of structured rounding tools mitigates disproportionate time allocation and communication breakdowns during rounds. With the more structured HAND-IT tool, these effects were almost completely eliminated," Abraham said in a statement. "Our results help to demonstrate the benefits of using structured rounding tools for reducing communication errors and improving patient care quality and safety. Although our results are preliminary, they present a strong case for further research into rounding communication."

Full Text

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »


Sign up for myCME e-newsletters


Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

More in Home

ACA Has Increased Coverage, Access for Chronically Ill Patients

ACA Has Increased Coverage, Access for Chronically Ill ...

However, nearly one in seven of those with a chronic disease still lack coverage

Diabetes Care Compromised for Hispanics With Limited English

Diabetes Care Compromised for Hispanics With Limited English

Studies find poor doctor-patient communication hampers medication use, proper glucose control

Catheter Safeguards at Hospitals Cut Bloodstream Infection Rates

Catheter Safeguards at Hospitals Cut Bloodstream Infection Rates

Study finds hospitals that adopt new procedures reap sizable improvements, savings

is free, fast, and customized just for you!

Already a member?

Sign In Now »