Patient-Centered SIBR in the Medical ICU

Victor Cao, Laren D. Tan, Femke Horn, David Bland, Paresh Giri, Kanwaljeet Maken, Nam Cho, Loreen Scott, Vi A. Dinh, Derrek Hidalgo, H. Bryant Nguyen


In a study conducted at Loma Linda University Medical Center, the implementation of patient-centered structured interdisciplinary bedside rounds (PCSIBR) in the medical ICU led to increased rounding efficiency, provider satisfaction, and teaching consistency without negatively impacting patient or family perception.

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To examine the effects of introducing patient-centered structured interdisciplinary bedside rounds (PCSIBR) in the medical ICU on rounding efficiency, provider satisfaction, and patient/family satisfaction.


The study was a prospective, nonblinded, nonrandomized, parallel group design conducted over an 8-week period from June 21, 2016, to August 15, 2016. It involved 665 patient encounters divided into PCSIBR (367) and non-SIBR (298) groups. Surveys were administered to healthcare providers (HCPs), patients, and family members to assess satisfaction and perceptions.


Rounding Efficiency

• Total rounding time per patient was significantly shorter with PCSIBR (16.9 ± 10.0 minutes) compared to non-SIBR (22.4 ± 14.9 minutes, p<0.01).

• Interruption time was reduced with PCSIBR (2.0 ± 2.2 minutes) compared to non-SIBR (3.9 ± 5.5 minutes, p<0.01).

Provider Satisfaction:

• Increased perceptions of improved communication, team input, and task clarity with PCSIBR.

• Attending physicians provided teaching points more frequently during PCSIBR (51.2%) compared to non-SIBR (33.9%, p<0.01).

Patient and Family Satisfaction:

• No significant differences in satisfaction measures between PCSIBR and non-SIBR groups.

• Family presence during rounds was higher with PCSIBR (31.1%) compared to non-SIBR (10.1%, p<0.01).


Patient-centered structured interdisciplinary bedside rounds (PCSIBR) enhance rounding efficiency and provider satisfaction in the medical ICU without negatively impacting patient or family perceptions. This structured approach to bedside rounds improves communication, teaching, and team collaboration.

Additional Data

Mean team rounding duration decreased from 22.4 to 16.9 minutes per patient

Rounding duration decreased an average of 5.5 minutes per patient

Almost every measure improved after SIBR rounds were introduced

Evaluations of the non-SIBR rounds and SIBR rounds found that desired process elements and behaviors occurred at better rates on SIBR rounds for nearly all measures. 

Significant improvements in the rates of nurse and family participation on team rounds in the ICU after SIBR implementation

There was significantly higher participation on SIBR rounds than on the traditional non-SIBR rounds for nurses and family. 

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