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Implementing Family-Centered Rounds

Implementing Patient- and Family-Centered Rounds

Each hospital’s setting is unique, so there is no best way to implement patient- and family-centered rounds.  We are happy to share what we have learned from our experience at Cincinnati Children’s and from teaching patient- and family-centered rounds at conferences and workshops.

Understanding each other’s points of view is an essential starting point.   We have learned that when physicians, nurses, allied health professionals and patients and their families discuss patient- and family-centered rounds, they are more likely to implement them.

We have created a facilitator guide and a series of video vignettes to assist you in your implementation strategy.  We hope these tools lead to a rich discussion among you, your colleagues and your patients and their families and will assist you in successful implementation of patient- and family-centered rounds at your institution.

Workshop Preparation

This section was created to help you and your colleagues explore patient- and family-centered rounds and discover how to implement them in your hospital.  This material is intended to be reviewed and discussed by a group.   

While planning your workshop, consider the following suggestions:

Invite the Right People

To learn the most from the videos and have a meaningful discussion about implementing patient- and family-centered rounds in your hospital, invite physicians, nurses, allied health professionals and patients and their families. 

The workshop provides everyone an opportunity to discuss benefits and obstacles.  If people from different disciplines discuss the potential obstacles, everyone can work together to overcome them.  Inviting a variety of professionals to a workshop gives you an opportunity to find out who is enthusiastic and who is reluctant.   Find your key professionals who want to implement patient- and family-centered rounds and get them involved.

Ideally, invite five to 25 people to the workshop.  Depending on the size of the group, you may consider breaking into smaller groups.  It is important to create an atmosphere where everyone is willing to share opinions and ask questions.

Find an Ideal Location

You will benefit more if everyone gets together to watch and discuss the videos.  Find a room that will allow you to break into smaller groups if necessary.  Have available an adequately sized screen for viewing the videos from our website.  Gather flipcharts and markers so small groups can write their potential benefits and barriers for everyone to discuss.

Review the Patient- and Family-Centered Rounds Workshop Information

Please take the time to review the workshop guide and video vignettes before holding your workshop.  

Embrace Questions

Don’t be alarmed if your colleagues voice concerns.  This is an opportunity for everyone to learn.  Try to encourage the entire group to help find solutions.  After you finish leading the workshop with your colleagues, remind everyone that they can visit the patient- and family-centered care website again to learn more or find answers to questions.

Contact Us

Email and one of our physicians working with patient- and family-centered rounds will respond.

To speak directly to a physician, contact Michael Vossmeyer, MD, at 513-636-1956 or