SBAR Technique for Communication: A Situational Briefing Model

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SBAR Technique for Communication: A Situational Briefing Model

Description

The SBAR (Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation) technique and tools provide a framework for communication between members of the health care team about a patient’s condition. SBAR is an easy-to-remember, concrete mechanism for framing any conversation requiring a clinician’s immediate attention and action. Free registration and login are required to download the tool.

This tool includes two components:

  • SBAR report to physician about a critical situation: Worksheet/script for organizing information in preparation for communicating about a critically ill patient
  • Guidelines for communicating with physicians using the SBAR process: Explains how to carry out the technique in detail

Developer:

Kaiser Permanente Colorado; Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Cambridge, MA

Funding Sources:

Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Cambridge, MA

History

Release Date: 2004
Original Summary: August 2007
Last Updated: 04/11/08

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