Peek-A-Boo Method Could Revolutionize Patient Engagement



Chief Nursing Officer, Sally Brees, RN, DNP at Hillsboro Duncan Hospital hopes the Peek-A-Boo Method will improve patient quality metrics.


Brees explains, “The Peek-A-Boo Method is about the way you enter a patient’s room to engage them. At many hospitals you simply knock on the patient’s door, enter, and introduce yourself. But we’d like to try the Peek-A-Boo Method at Hillsboro Duncan.


With the Peek-A-Boo Method you:

  1. Knock on the patient’s door

  2. Open the door

  3. Cover your face with both hands

  4. Walk into the patient's room

  5. Uncover your face and yell, “Hey, Whoo, Peek-A-Boo!”


On the surface, it doesn’t seem that the Peek-A-Boo Method would necessarily help. It might even startle some patients. But Brees assures us, “Dr. Leonard Horatio Baldwin, psychologist at the Brain and Mind institute says the Peek-A-Boo Method takes you back to happier times in your life. In the hospital setting, the method should not be used after 7 p.m., as patients are more likely to be startled, angry and annoyed.”


Dr. Baldwin explains, “The word Peek-A-Boo is disarming and has been shown to put a patient at ease like petting a puppy. As a child playing Peek- A-Boo is a basic developmental milestone. We are taking you back to a fun time in your life.

Most babies laugh when they play Peek-A-Boo.”

Brees assures that, “Peek-A-Boo respects privacy by having you announce yourself before entering a patient’s room. We must look at the baby stages of patient satisfaction. Think about what satisfied patients when they were babies.”


The “Peek” in Peek-A-Boo is an acronym: Patient Evidence of Emerging Knowledge. So, when a patient hears Peek-A-boo, they will know they are being cared for by a trained professional committed to excellence.


The jury is still out on the Peek-A-Boo Method but, Brees hopes nurses will be saying, “Hey, Whoo, Peek-A-Boo!” in a hospital near you.

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