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Restore ward rounds to former glory to improve patient care, say colleges

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e6622 (Published 03 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6622
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

Doctors’ and nurses’ leaders have called for ward rounds to be restored to the position they once held as the cornerstone of hospital care and for a “concerted culture change” to enable clinicians and mangers to work together to improve quality.

In a joint statement the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Nursing said that ward rounds were often neglected during the planning and organisation of patient care.1 How and why hospitals conducted ward rounds was variable, and their value to patients and the whole …

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