Structured interdisciplinary bedside rounds improve interprofessional communication and workplace efficiency among residents and nurses on an inpatient internal medicine unit

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J Interprof Care. 2021 Jan 12:1-8. doi: 10.1080/13561820.2020.1863932. Online ahead of print.


Structured Interdisciplinary Bedside Rounds (SIBR) is a standardized, team-based intervention for hospitals to deliver high quality interprofessional care. Despite its potential for improving IPC and the workplace environment, relatively little is known about SIBR's effect on these outcomes. Our study aimed to assess the fidelity of SIBR implementation on an inpatient medicine teaching unit and its effects on perceived IPC and workplace efficiency. We conducted a quasi-experimental study with 88 residents and 44 nurses at a large academic medical center and observed 1308 SIBR encounters over 24 weeks. Of these 1308 encounters, the bedside nurse was present for 96.7%, physician for 97.6%, and care manager for 94.7, and 64.7% occurred at the bedside. Following SIBR implementation, perceived IPC improved significantly among residents (93.3% versus 67.9%, p < .024) and nurses (73.7% versus 36.0%, p < .008) compared to before implementation. Moreover, residents perceived greater workplace efficiency operationalized as being paged less frequently with questions by nurses (20.0% versus 49.1%, p = .01). No statistically significant improvements were reported regarding burnout, meaning at work, and workplace satisfaction. Our implementation of SIBR significantly improved perceived IPC and workplace efficiency, which are two important domains of healthcare quality. Future work should examine the impact of SIBR on patient-centered outcomes such as patient experience.

PMID:33433262 | DOI:10.1080/13561820.2020.1863932

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