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Ideal ward round making in neurosurgical practice.

Author(s): Pathak A | Pathak N | Kak V

Journal: Neurology India
ISSN 0028-3886

Volume: 48;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 216;
Date: 2000;
Original page

Keywords: Communication | Consultants | psychology | Group Structure | Hospitals | University | Human | Interprofessional Relations | Leadership | Medical Staff | Hospital | education | psychology | Neurosurgery | education | Physician-Patient Relations | Teaching

The success of a perfect ward round lies in the role of the consultant leading the ′round making group′ (RMG) as well as the hallmark of effective questioning and participation of each member. Twelve senior consultants with more than 10 years′ experience in neurosurgical practice at three different university hospitals were observed during round making by a participant observer. Observations were made on the group climate of the RMG, the leadership pattern and language expressed by the clinician conducting the round and the effectiveness in his performance as a leader during clinical discussions. The group climate showed evidence of good productivity and flexibility with 92% and 75% consultants, pleasantness of climate was above average with only 50% (6/12) and poor objectivity with 42% (5/12) consultants. Forty two percent of the consultants were not always very well comprehensible, while only 50% (6/12) spoke exactly fitting the occasion. Only 33% (4/12) of the consultants used humour effectively, while 42% (5/12) spoke unnecessarily in between discussion and were poor in introducing the problems of patient to the round making group. Ward round making in neurosurgical practice needs a holistic approach with motivation, planning, leadership skills and structured curriculum to fulfill its objectives.
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