Relationship Between Clinical Rounding Practices and Patient Perception of Communication in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)




Stokes, Vanetria D.


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In the neurosurgical intensive care unit (NSICU), families were being included in the medical rounds conducted by the healthcare team in an effort to improve communication options with family members who had patient family in the unit. As a result, simultaneous research was conducted. This research focused on perception of communication in the NSICU by patients. The study aimed to find if there are positive differences between patients whose families participated in rounds and families who did not participate in rounds. Using a 16-item survey this research problem was investigated in addition to patient preferences concerning how and if their families should be included in medical rounds. The study was considered a descriptive study design. The survey responses were scaled and were converted into numerical responses to assess results. The major finding for the study was that although many families did not attend rounds, patients still preferred that their family had the opportunity to participate. Also patients had a positive perception of their communication experience in the neurosurgical intensive care unit.