New ‘Schwartz Rounds Researchers’ online network
01 April 2019
Online network launched to support research and evaluation of Schwartz Rounds
A new online research network has been launched to help people conducting evaluations into Schwartz Rounds to share findings and learn from each other.
The network, built on the Slack platform, along with an online library on Zotero, will be over seen by researchers. The Schwartz Rounds Researchers group will form part of the wider Schwartz Community, and it is hoped that their work will help members, and the Point of Care Foundation, to advocate for Schwartz Rounds. Unlike other Schwartz resources, access to the network, via the Schwartz Rounds pages of our website, is not restricted to people working for organisations participating in Rounds.
The creator of the online platform, Duncan Hamilton, is a doctoral researcher at the University of Surrey, supervised by Professor Jill Maben, who led an important evaluation study of Schwartz Rounds for the National Institute for Health Research. In a blog about the new platform, he notes the increase in evaluation activity around Schwartz Rounds, as they become more common and are used in a wider range of settings. He writes: “Through a shared conversation we can identify the most pressing questions that need answers. Rapid progress can be had on under-researched areas, such as facilitator burnout and what makes for successful Rounds themes.”