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Implementing Schwartz Rounds in an Irish maternity hospital

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Working in maternity hospital is usually a rewarding experience for staff. However, it can also be stressful and emotionally difficult work. Schwartz Rounds are a multidisciplinary forum which provides staff with an opportunity to reflect on the emotional impact of their work and support each other.


This paper will discuss the implementation of Schwartz Rounds in a maternity hospital and gives details of a pilot study to evaluate the initiative.


Schwartz Rounds were commenced in the hospital in September 2019, and an evaluation is in progress. A pilot study which evaluated 2 rounds has been completed. Staff who attended Schwartz Rounds were asked to complete an anonymous feedback form immediately following the Round. The data from feedback forms were analysed using descriptive statistics.


Seventy-eight members of staff from almost all departments attended the rounds. Feedback forms were completed by 55 members of staff. Overall, the rounds were very positively evaluated by those who participated in the study.


Schwartz Rounds are an effective way to support staff working in a maternity hospital.

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Correspondence to Sarah Cullen.

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Cullen, S. Implementing Schwartz Rounds in an Irish maternity hospital. Ir J Med Sci 190, 205–208 (2021).

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