An exploratory study of healthcare professionals' perceptions of interprofessional communication and collaboration

Verhaegh, K. J., Seller-Boersma, A., Simons, R., Steenbruggen, J., Geerlings, S. E., de Rooij, S. E. & Buurman, B. M., May-2017, In : Journal of interprofessional care. 31, 3, p. 397-400 4 p.

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  • Kim J. Verhaegh
  • Annamarike Seller-Boersma
  • Robert Simons
  • Jeanet Steenbruggen
  • Suzanne E. Geerlings
  • Sophia E. de Rooij
  • Bianca M. Buurman

Interprofessional communication and collaboration during hospitalisation is critically important to provide safe and effective care. Clinical rounds are an essential interprofessional process in which the clinical problems of patients are discussed on a daily basis. The objective of this exploratory study was to identify healthcare professionals' perspectives on the ideal interprofessional round for patients in a university teaching hospital. Three focus groups with medical residents, registered nurses, medical specialists, and quality improvement officers were held. We used a descriptive method of content analysis. The findings indicate that it is important for professionals to consider how team members and patients are involved in the decision-making process during the clinical round and how current social and spatial structures can affect communication and collaboration between the healthcare team and the patient. Specific aspects of communication and collaboration are identified for improving effective interprofessional communication and collaboration during rounds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-400
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of interprofessional care
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May-2017


  • Clinical rounds, coordination of care, interprofessional communication, interprofessional rounds, qualitative methods, WARD ROUNDS, MEDICINE

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