Engaging patients through Multi-Disciplinary Rounding – The case study at a Michigan hospital

Bryan L. Fowler, Julie Johns, Mohan R. Tanniru, Venugopal Balijepally, Yazan F. Roumani, David Bobryk, Karen Mitchell


Multi-Disciplinary Rounding (MDR) is a leading practice and a promising process innovation that seeks to enhance both patient experiences and healthcare outcomes for hospitals. It requires multiple hospital staff involved in patientcare visiting patients as a team at their bedside, so that they can address various issues related to patientcare and care transition and answer any patient questions. This paper discusses the implementation of two different models of patient engagement through MDR to gain input from patients while they are still in the hospital, as opposed to relying on patient satisfaction data, so that hospitals can alter their strategies to educate patients on care plans and help empower them to self-manage their care post-discharge. The MDR is implemented as a process innovation at a comprehensive community teaching hospital in Michigan, with the expectation that it can lead to improved organizational outcomes in both the short run (e.g., reduced length of stay [LOS]) and the long run (e.g., reduced patient readmission and improved patient satisfaction). The hospital implemented MDR in various units as a process innovation to improve patient engagement and patient satisfaction. The initial phase of MDR implementation was nurse-led to gain feedback from patients at three time periods (30, 60 and 90 days) on patient services. The hospital revised the MDR process in the second phase into a doctor led patient education process. While the results to date are not conclusive, they do show how MDR can be used by hospitals to engage patients inside the hospital to gain feedback for continuous improvement, using technology when appropriate, and support patient education on care plans post-discharge.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/jha.v7n5p17


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Journal of Hospital Administration

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