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  1. Henneman, Elizabeth A. PhD, RN, FAAN, CCNS
  2. Kleppel, Reva MSW, MPH
  3. Hinchey, Kevin T. MD, FACP


OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to develop a reliable and valid checklist for documenting team and collaborative behaviors occurring during multidisciplinary bedside rounds.


BACKGROUND: Teamwork and collaboration are important for providing high-quality patient care, yet there are no objective means of evaluating the occurrence of team and collaborative behaviors during bedside rounds.


METHODS: A checklist was developed and tested on 3 general medical units. Items on the checklist were derived from the literature and our medical center's patient-family-centered values.


RESULTS: The final version of the checklist was determined to be reliable, valid, and easy to use in the clinical setting.


CONCLUSION: Clinicians, administrators, and investigators are encouraged to use and/or modify this checklist for use in their setting. Further research identifying instruments to objectively measure teamwork and collaboration is needed.