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The Care Team Visit: Approaching Interdisciplinary Rounds With Renewed Focus

Malec, Ann, DNP, RN, ACNP, NEA-BC; Mørk, Anne, MS, MHCDS, RN; Hoffman, Robert, MD; Carlson, Elizabeth, PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000279

Interdisciplinary bedside rounds serve as a key mechanism to coordinate patient-centered care. With a focus on optimizing rounds, an interdisciplinary team developed an enhanced, structured process, coined the care team visit. Key findings included improved nurse participation, increased staff collaboration, and decreased Foley catheter days. The process outlined can be used by health care professionals to improve the effectiveness of interdisciplinary bedside rounds.

Department of Nursing, UW Health, Madison, Wisconsin (Dr Malec and Ms Mørk); University of WI School of Medicine and Public Health, and UW Health, Madison, Wisconsin (Dr Hoffman); and Adult Health and Gerontological Nursing, Rush University College of Nursing, Chicago, Illinois (Dr Carlson).

Correspondence: Ann Malec, DNP, RN, ACNP, NEA-BC, Department of Nursing, UW Health, 600 Highland Ave, Madison, WI 53792 (

The authors thank Tracy Doeppers (Project Manager) and Nicole Domask (Health Systems Engineer) for their assistance.

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The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Accepted for publication: June 1, 2017

Published ahead of print: August 1, 2017

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