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Communication has been identified by many governing bodies to be important for the safety and well-being of patients. This study is an analysis of communication between nurses and physicians using evidence from literature. The ways that nurses and physicians communicate, the perceptions of nurses and physicians surrounding communication, the participation of nurses in physician rounding, the barriers to effective communication, and interventions to improve communication are presented and analyzed. Following this analysis, a research project is proposed for a manager of a floor to investigate the communication patterns between nurses and physicians on his or her floor. Tools are also provided for this research project. Using this research and the proposed research project, it is hoped that the outlined evidence-based interventions can be utilized by a nurse manager to improve communication between nurses and physicians, which in turn will lead to decreased costs, greater patient safety, and better patient outcomes.