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Research: Schwartz Center Rounds encourage compassionate health care and better teamwork
Date:7/7/2010

with the psychosocial demands and emotional difficulties of care

"The finding that the Rounds encourage better teamwork should be very intriguing to anyone interested in care quality because collaboration plays an important role in the causation and prevention of adverse events," said Dr. Lown.

Researchers also reported that for participants in the prospective survey of newer Rounds hospitals, the greater the number of Rounds attended, the greater:

  • the impact on that caregiver's insights into the psychosocial aspects of care
  • their focus on the effects of illness on patients' lives and families
  • their level of compassion

The study also revealed that Rounds benefit departments and hospitals as a whole, particularly by encouraging a culture of teamwork. Rounds have spurred programmatic changes at host hospitals, including greater use of palliative care teams and changes in nursing care in the ICU.


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