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Patient-centred bedside rounds—exploring patient preferences before patient-centred care
  1. Naseema B Merchant,
  2. Daniel G Federman
  1. VA CT Health Care System, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Naseema B Merchant, VA CT Health Care System, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven CT, USA; naseema.merchant{at}

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Dear Editor,

It was with great interest that we read the study of O’Leary et al1 published in the December issue of the journal and were quite surprised by their findings that patient centred rounds had no impact on patients’ perceptions of shared decision making, activation and satisfaction with care.

Previous studies have shown that patients prefer their rounding team conduct rounds at the bedside2–5 and based on these studies, one would expect that if bedside rounds were conducted, patients would feel more satisfied with their care and be more engaged in medical decision making compared with other forms of rounding.

The findings of this study do make …

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