Family-centered bedside rounds: a new approach to patient care and teaching

Pediatrics. 2007 Apr;119(4):829-32. doi: 10.1542/peds.2006-2528.


The importance of patient-centered care and the role of families in decision-making are becoming more recognized. Starting with a single acute care unit, a multidisciplinary improvement team at Cincinnati Children's Hospital developed and implemented a new process that allows families to decide if they want to be part of attending-physician rounds. Family involvement seems to improve communication, shares decision-making, and offers new learning for residents and students. Despite initial concerns of staff members, family-centered rounds has been widely accepted and spread throughout the institution. Here we report our experiences as a potential model to improve family-centered care and teaching.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Communication
  • Education, Medical / methods
  • Education, Medical / organization & administration*
  • Female
  • Hospitals, Pediatric / organization & administration*
  • Hospitals, Teaching
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Medical Staff, Hospital / education*
  • Models, Educational
  • Models, Organizational
  • Ohio
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Patient-Centered Care / methods*
  • Professional-Family Relations*
  • Quality of Health Care