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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

I (intervention)

C (comparison)

  • O


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?

Target Population

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).


  • 1.

    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.

  • 2.

    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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