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Interprofessional Clinical Rounding: Effects on Processes and Outcomes of Care

Ashcraft, Susan; Bordelon, Curry; Fells, Sheila; George, Vera; Thombley, Karen; Shirey, Maria R.

doi: 10.1097/JHQ.0000000000000039
Original Article

Background and Purpose: Communication breakdown is viewed as a significant contributor to preventable patient harm. Interprofessional rounding (IPR) is one method of communication supporting the evidenced-based care delivery. The purpose of this paper is to explore the benefits of IPR for patients, clinicians, and the healthcare system.

Review of the Literature: Interprofessional rounding supports collaboration, discussion, and timely intervention to prevent miscommunication leading to adverse patient events. Adherence to evidence-based care suggests a positive impact on patient, process, and financial outcomes. Statistically significant IPR-related improvements are seen in reducing mortality, lengths of stay, medication errors, and hospitalization costs as well as improved staff and patient satisfaction.

Evidence-Based Strategies: One IPR-related gap in the literature is integrative care delivery, a strategy that provides a unified plan to meet the complex needs of patients and produce optimal outcomes. Activation and standardization with active participation in IPR support a collaborative integration of care.

Conclusion and Implications: Embracing IPR and advocating for collaboration across the care continuum is a crucial process in preventing adverse events. Integrated care delivery through IPR provides a unified plan to meet the complex needs of patients, prevent harm, and produce best possible outcomes.

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The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

© 2017 National Association for Healthcare Quality
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