Introducing intentional rounding: a pilot project
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Introducing intentional rounding: a pilot project

Jan Dewing Professor of person-centred research and practice development, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust and Canterbury Christchurch University, Canterbury
Brenda Lynes O’Meara Assistant director of nursing, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Eastbourne

Aim To report on the introduction of intentional rounding in an NHS trust.

Method A two-stage pilot project with participatory methods underpinned by core practice development principles was undertaken to introduce intentional rounding.

Findings Patients and staff found intentional rounding to be a positive experience, although nurses and midwives felt they were inadequately prepared to implement the practice. Leaders and managers who engaged in learning opportunities before the pilot study tended to achieve more successful and sustained practice change.

Conclusion There is disagreement among nurses about the contribution of intentional rounding to patient care, particularly in light of the weak evidence base, time involved and associated documentation. Therefore, further research is needed in this area.

Nursing Standard. 28, 6, 37-44. doi: 10.7748/ns2013.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 02 March 2013

Accepted: 18 June 2013