Family-centered rounds and communication about discharge between families and inpatient medical teams

Anupama Subramony, Talia Schwartz, Patricia Hametz

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Background. Family-centered rounds (FCRs) are believed to enhance familymedical team communication. Objective. To assess family knowledge of discharge plans on teams conducting FCRs. Methods. Families of inpatients within 24 hours of discharge were surveyed regarding discharge plans; answers were compared with medical documentation. Results. Of 118 families, 70% knew discharge goals, whereas only 41% knew discharge day and 63% knew discharge medications. English speakers were more likely to report knowing discharge goals (adjusted odds ratio [AOR] = 3.9, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.2-12.2) and discharge medications (AOR = 3.2, 95% CI = 1.1-9.8) compared with Spanish speakers. Non-Hispanics were more likely to report knowing discharge day compared with Hispanics (AOR = 2.7, 95% CI = 1.1-6.6). Conclusions. Families on teams that conduct FCRs are knowledgeable of discharge goals but less knowledgeable of discharge day and medications. Spanish-speaking and Hispanic families are less likely to report knowing discharge plans compared with English-speaking and non-Hispanic counterparts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)730-738
Number of pages9
JournalClinical Pediatrics
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2012
Externally publishedYes



  • communication
  • family-centered rounds
  • health care disparities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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