SBAR Communications Worksheet

Description

An example of using the SBAR (Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation) framework for communication between members of a health care team about a patient's condition. This example focuses on a home health nurse communicating with a physician about a complex medication regimen issue, but could be modified to suit other situations.

Audience

Program teams, quality improvement strategists, and others.

Helpful Tips

SBAR is an easy-to-remember, concrete framework which is useful for structuring conversations that seek to gain a clinician’s immediate attention and action. It allows for an easy and focused way to set expectations for what will be communicated and how, which is essential for fostering teamwork and a culture of patient care excellence.

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