Patient Services-Nursing / Patient Rounds / Structured Method of Sharing Information / BESt 060
Best Evidence Statement (BESt)
Date published/posted: June 29, 2009
Topic and/or question as originally asked:
What is the best way to share information with families when they cannot be present during rounds?
Clinical Question: P (population/problem) For parents of hospitalized children
does the use of a structured method of sharing information from hospital patient rounds versus an unstructured method for sharing information increase parent satisfaction for the hospital admission?
Inclusion: Parents/guardians of pediatric patients in the inpatient setting.
Structured method for sharing information - a standardized way in which the hospital staff shares information with the parents about the plan for the day from rounds-such as a phone call or a form to fill in and leave at bedside. It would be the same way, every patient, every day.
Unstructured method for sharing information - the method by which information is shared from rounds can vary parent to parent, and staff to staff. The information could be from a staff member who was on rounds, conversation from others who were on rounds, or report from previous shift(s).
There is insufficient evidence and lack of consensus to make a recommendation regarding the use of a structured method for sharing information from hospital patient rounds to increase parent satisfaction.
It is recommended that a study be conducted that evaluates a structured method for sharing rounds information with parents/guardians, and measure the effect on patient/family satisfaction.
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