Based on responses to questionnaires and letters sent to CEOs and medical personnel from a nationwide sample of 53 hospitals, researchers concluded that successful interventions included:
* Proactive nurse rounds, where nurses regularly visited patients’ bedsides, asking questions about their care;
* Leader rounds where hospital leaders, including executives, visited patients and staff members to check on concerns or issues;
* Always making eye contact with patients;
* Sitting at patients’ bedsides, rather than standing or hovering over them
Note that these practices all fall under one essentially important category: respectful, engaged human contact. Patients are hospital “customers”, and customers want to feel valued. What applies to hospital staff applies to us all: Listen to customers and treat them with respect, and they will give you high marks.
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