Family-centered rounds

Pediatr Clin North Am. 2014 Aug;61(4):663-70. doi: 10.1016/j.pcl.2014.04.003.


Family-centered rounds (FCRs) are multidisciplinary rounds that involve medical teams partnering with patients and families in daily medical decision-making. Multiple FCR benefits have been identified including improving patient satisfaction, communication, discharge planning, medical education, and patient safety. Main barriers to FCRs are variability in attending rounding, duration of rounds, physical constrains of large teams and small rooms, specific and sensitive patient conditions, and lack of training of residents, students, and faculty on how to conduct effective and effecient FCRs. In the last decade, many programs have incorporated FCRs into daily practice due to their multiple perceived benefits. Future FCRs should focus on better operationalizing of FCRs and reporting on objective outcomes measures such as improved communication, coordination, and patient satisfaction that are crucial for healthcare.

Keywords: Communication; Family-centered rounds; Patient satisfaction; Resident education; Team-based care.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Family
  • Humans
  • Patient Care Team*
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Pediatrics*
  • Physicians
  • Professional-Family Relations*
  • Teaching Rounds / organization & administration*