Intentional rounding: a review of the literature
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Intentional rounding: a review of the literature

Carol Forde-Johnston Lecturer practitioner in neurosciences, Neurosciences Inpatient Ward, Oxford University Hospital NHS Trust, Oxford

Intentional rounding is a structured approach whereby nurses conduct checks on patients at set times to assess and manage their fundamental care needs. Concerns about poor standards of basic nursing care have refocused attention on the need to ensure fundamental aspects of care are delivered reliably. A literature review was conducted to inform nurses planning to use this approach in their practice and to direct future research in this area. The aim is to explore the implementation and use of intentional rounding and its effectiveness in improving patient care.

Nursing Standard. 28, 32, 37-42. doi: 10.7748/ns2014.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 06 November 2013

Accepted: 10 January 2014