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How do interprofessional healthcare teams perceive the benefits and challenges of interdisciplinary ward rounds


Walton, V and Hogden, A and Long, JC and Johnson, JK and Greenfield, D, How do interprofessional healthcare teams perceive the benefits and challenges of interdisciplinary ward rounds, Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, 12 pp. 1023-1032. ISSN 1178-2390 (2019) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2019 Walton et al. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0)

DOI: doi:10.2147/JMDH.S226330


Purpose: Interdisciplinary bedside ward rounds have the capacity to facilitate coordinated interprofessional patient care. To be an effective means of care coordination, clinicians need an explicit understanding of how these rounds contribute to patient care. By identifying benefits and challenges to the effective use of interdisciplinary ward rounds, clinicians create an opportunity to improve interprofessional teamwork, care planning, and coordination of patient care.

Methods: A survey was conducted with frontline professionals in two acute care and two rehabilitation wards from a metropolitan teaching hospital. There were 77 participants, representing medical officers, nurses, and allied health clinicians. Questions examined the perceived benefits and challenges of conducting interdisciplinary ward rounds in their units. Survey findings were coded for meaning and then grouped into themes.

Results: Benefits revealed a desired care delivery model challenged by the complexities of organizational and professional cultures. The themes of "being on the same page", "focusing on patients", and "holistic care planning" underpinned the ideas of collaboration and improved patient-centred care, that is, benefits to patients. Challenges centred on health professionals' time constraints and the coordination of teams to enable participation in rounds. The themes were more distinct, logistical barriers of "time", "workforce", and "care planning".

Conclusion: Overall, clinicians recognise there are greater benefits to IBRs and have a willingness to participate. However, careful consideration is required to introduce and continually achieve the best from IBR as they require changes in organizational context and culture.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:challenges, benefits, coordination, patient focused care, time factors, communication
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Primary health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Walton, V (Ms Victoria Walton)
UTAS Author:Hogden, A (Dr Anne Hogden)
UTAS Author:Greenfield, D (Professor David Greenfield)
ID Code:136738
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Australian Institute of Health Service Management
Deposited On:2020-01-16
Last Modified:2020-05-05
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