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Pimentel CB, Hartmann CW, Okyere D, Carnes SL, Loup JR, Vallejo-Luces TM, Sloup SN, Snow AL. Use of huddles among frontline staff in clinical settings: a scoping review protocol. JBI database of systematic reviews and implementation reports. 2019 Sep 2.
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Abstract: OBJECTIVE: This scoping review aims to provide an overview of current evidence on huddles in health care settings involving frontline staff. INTRODUCTION: Team-based models are gaining prominence as the preferred method for delivering coordinated, cost-effective, high quality health care. Huddles are a powerful method for building relationships among frontline staff members. Currently, no reviews have described huddles used among frontline staff in clinical settings. There is therefore a need to identify gaps in the literature on evidence informing this practice for a greater understanding of the resources available for frontline staff to implement huddles. INCLUSION CRITERIA: This scoping review will consider qualitative studies, experimental and quasi-experimental studies, analytic observational studies and descriptive cross-sectional studies that explore the use of frontline staff huddles to improve quality of care in a clinical setting. METHODS: An initial limited search of PubMed and CINAHL Plus with Full Text will be performed, followed by analysis of the title, abstract text and MeSH used to describe the article. Second, searches of PubMed, EBSCOhost and ProQuest will be conducted, followed by searches in reference lists of all articles that meet the inclusion criteria. Studies published in English from inception to the present will be considered. Retrieved papers will be screened for inclusion by at least two reviewers. Data will be extracted and presented in tabular form and a narrative summary that align with the review's objective.