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Intentional rounding: what is the evidence?

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Intentional rounding: what is the evidence?

In January 2011 the prime minister called for changes in the way nurses deliver care.

Following a number of critical reports, concern had been expressed about the need to ensure essential aspects of nursing care are consistently delivered. One of the recommendations is for NHS hospitals to implement hourly nursing rounds, to check on patients and ensure their fundamental care needs are met – an approach related to “intentional rounding” in the US. Within the UK some organisations refer to this type of nursing activity as “care rounds” or “comfort rounds”. This briefing examines different approaches to intentional rounding and reviews available evidence.