Improving Patient Rounds (IPR)
Principal investigator: Walter J. Moore, MD & Peter F. Buckley, MD, Center for Patient- and Family-Centered Care, Medical College Georgia
The IPR project goal was to initiate patient- and family-centered care (PFCC) rounds in a general medicine unit in an adult-care inpatient setting. The project initially followed and measured the performance of one service team practicing PFCC Rounds on a general internal medicine unit with the aim of studying the impact on patient, family, staff, and doctors-in-training satisfaction; unit costs; residents’ and unit efficiency; quality; and safety.
Several tools resulting from the pilot, including a blueprint for initiating and developing PFCC Rounds and a quick reference PFCC Rounds Observation checklist will be helpful to other health care institutions and academic medical centers as they initiate interdisciplinary, bedside PFCC Rounds or modify their existing rounds. These tools can aid attending physicians and residents desiring to integrate and model PFCC practices as they engage patients and their families at the bedside.
Georgia Health Sciences University, formally known as Medical College of Georgia, has officially launched the ‘Patient- and Family-Centered Care Basics App.’
The PFCC BASICS app is a web application. It can be “installed” separately with the instructions below or from iTunes as a part of GeorgiaHealth Mobile.
Click here to read a brief article about the PFCC Basics app.
The Navigating Patient- and Family-Centered Care Rounds: A Guide to Achieving Success guidebook originates from a Challenge Grant funded by
the Picker International Institute to improve patient rounds in an adult in-patient care setting. This robust educational tool lays the groundwork for incorporating PFCC principles and practices into graduate medical education through teaching rounds. It offers practical suggestions for developing, implementing, and assessing bedside PFCC Rounds using an interdisciplinary team approach and a reflective process.