Medical educators have debated whether teaching rounds on hospitalized patients should be done primarily at the bedside or outside the patient's room. This trial compared how these approaches affect patients' understanding of their condition and treatment. The editorialist discusses why he believes these findings suggest that bedside teaching is efficient and why it should be used more often.
- Do you prefer conducting rounds on hospitalized patients at the bedside or away from the patient? Why?
- Reflect on the pros and cons of being at the bedside and in the hallway.
- Brainstorm ways to reduce the patient confusion that was observed in the study and reported in the article.
Annals of Internal Medicine is the premier internal medicine academic journal published by the American College of Physicians (ACP). It is one of the most widely cited and influential specialty medical journals in the world.