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Multidisciplinary Patient Care Rounds

Rationale

Patients often encounter a large number of staff and specialists during their hospitalizations. The primary care team must be responsible for distilling all recommendations in a coherent manner that achieves optimal treatment decisions, patient education, and recommendations to referring physicians.

Standard

All the relevant staff constituting a multidisciplinary team should hold and document clinical rounds at least weekly during patients’ hospitalizations and prior to discharge.

The purpose of these multidisciplinary clinical rounds is to discuss patient data, progress in the protocol, problems relating to the patient’s care, evaluations by specialists, and recommendations for management.

The primary care team can then use this information to devise treatment plans, prepare patient education, and formulate recommendations for referring physicians.