The importance of patient-centered care and the role of families in decision-making are becoming more recognized. Starting with a single acute care unit, a multidisciplinary improvement team at Cincinnati Children's Hospital developed and implemented a new process that allows families to decide if they want to be part of attending-physician rounds. Family involvement seems to improve communication, shares decision-making, and offers new learning for residents and students. Despite initial concerns of staff members, family-centered rounds has been widely accepted and spread throughout the institution. Here we report our experiences as a potential model to improve family-centered care and teaching.
Family-Centered Bedside Rounds: A New Approach to Patient Care and Teaching
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Stephen E. Muething, Uma R. Kotagal, Pamela J. Schoettker, Javier Gonzalez del Rey, Thomas G. DeWitt; Family-Centered Bedside Rounds: A New Approach to Patient Care and Teaching. Pediatrics April 2007; 119 (4): 829–832. 10.1542/peds.2006-2528
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