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Caroline Shuldham: Schwartz rounds help ease stress, foster teamwork

Attending Schwartz rounds enables staff to share experiences with colleagues and discuss the challenges they face. Not only does this reduce emotional stress, it leads to improved teamwork and increased empathy and compassion, says Caroline Shuldham.
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Attending Schwartz rounds enables staff to share experiences with colleagues and discuss the challenges they face. Not only does this reduce emotional stress, it leads to improved teamwork and increased empathy and compassion, says Caroline Shuldham

Findings of a new study on Schwartz rounds, published in October, show that healthcare staff who regularly share the emotional, social or ethical challenges they face in the workplace experience less psychological distress, improved teamwork, and increased empathy and compassion for patients and colleagues.

I was privileged to be part of the research team, which was led by Jill Maben during her time as professor of nursing research

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