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Schwartz rounds: bringing staff together to improve well-being and promote better patient care

Findings from a study into the effectiveness of Schwartz rounds suggest that staff who attend are less stressed and more empathic with colleagues and patients

Findings from a study into the effectiveness of Schwartz rounds suggest that staff who use this opportunity for group reflection are less stressed and more empathic with colleagues and patients.

The study was commissioned by the National Institute for Health Research.

University of Surrey professor of nursing Jill Maben led a team from her university as well as King’s College London, the University of Sheffield and the King’s Fund.

Over eight months, they assessed the psychological well-being of 500 staff who attended Schwartz rounds regularly, irregularly or not at all.

Schwartz rounds are regular meetings, which are usually held once a month or so, when staff from across discplines can come together to have an hour’s discussion.

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