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Ward rounds, participants, roles and perceptions: literature review


Walton, V and Hogden, A and Johnson, J and Greenfield, D, Ward rounds, participants, roles and perceptions: literature review, International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, 29, (4) pp. 364-379. ISSN 0952-6862 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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© 2016 Emerald Group Publishing

DOI: doi:10.1108/IJHCQA-04-2015-0053


Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to classify and describe the purpose of ward rounds, who attends each round and their role, and participantsí perception of each otherís role during the respective ward rounds.

Design/methodology/approach: A literature review of face-to-face ward rounds in medical wards was conducted. Peer reviewed journals and government publications published between 2000 and 2014 were searched. Articles were classified according to the type of round described in the study. Purposes were identified using keywords in the description of why the round was carried out. Descriptions of tasks and interactions with team members defined participant roles.

Findings: Eight round classifications were identified. The most common were the generalised ward; multidisciplinary; and consultant rounds. Multidisciplinary rounds were the most collaborative round. Medical officers were the most likely discipline to attend any round. There was limited reference to allied health clinicians and patient involvement on rounds. Perceptions attendees held of each other reiterated the need to continue to investigate teamwork.

Practical implications: A collaborative approach to care planning can occur by ensuring clinicians and patients are aware of different ward round processes and their role in them.

Originality/value: Analysis fulfils a gap in the literature by identifying and analysing the different ward rounds being undertaken in acute medical wards. It identifies the complexities in the long established routine hospital processes of the ward round.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:health policy, health services research, literature review, nursing
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Hogden, A (Dr Anne Hogden)
UTAS Author:Greenfield, D (Professor David Greenfield)
ID Code:113604
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2017-01-09
Last Modified:2020-02-07

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