Joint agenda for ward rounds

When admitted to the hospital, the ward round has a significant role as the forum, where the patient can to talk to the doctor and the nurse about the course of treatment. Literature shows that patient involvement at the ward rounds is generally limited and it has proved difficult to change the role of the patient to a more active participant.

This project contributes to development, implementation and assessment of digital tools, which can further joint agenda with patients and relatives at ward rounds.


The aim of the project is to develop new digital tools for creating a joint agenda at ward rounds, where the patient participates as an active part of the planning of their own treatment and care.

The tools will be part of a larger digital learning platform FIPeC (Feedback Informed Person-centred Communication) to further continuous training and development of the health care staff’s communication competences. The project will contribute to the joint training concept with modules that support the communication at ward rounds (FIPeC rounds).

The project is an intervention study where the effect of the digital tools is assessed in a before-after design. The primary outcome measure is an explicit joint agenda at ward rounds. The data material is video recordings of ward round conversations before and after the implementation of the digital tools. The project is divided into two subprojects, where the digital tools are developed, tested and assessed.

  • In the first subproject, the digital tools for both patients and staff are developed by the means of Participatory Design. In cooperation with the patients, an app-solution in the existing app “My Hospital” is developed. As a supplement to the app, e-learning modules are developed for communication training for doctors and nurses in relation to the joint agenda at ward rounds.
  • In the second subproject, the effect of the digital tools is assessed with the Observation Schedule (OS-12). The assessment tool will be based on the Calgary Cambridge guide (model for communication), and assesses the staff’s ability to involve the patient’s agenda and maintain structure in the conversation.


Start: 1 April 2020
End: 1 December 2024

The project is a PhD project by Helle Poulsen.





Helle Poulsen

Helle Poulsen

PhD student | (+45) 7636 2665 | [email protected]

Jane Clemensen

Jane Clemensen

Professor, Nurse | (+45) 2434 2024 | [email protected]