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The structured communication tool SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment and Recommendation) improves communication in neonatology.
S Afr Med J. 2014 Dec; 104(12):850-2.SA

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Effective communication, co-operation and teamwork have been identified as key determinants of patient safety. SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment and Recommendation) is a communication tool recommended by the World Health Organization and the UK National Health Service. SBAR is a structured method for communicating critical information that requires immediate attention and action, contributing to effective escalation of management and increased patient safety. To our knowledge, this is the first study showing use of SBAR in South Africa (SA).

OBJECTIVE

To determine the effectiveness of adopting the SBAR communication tool in an acute clinical setting in SA.

METHODS

In the first phase of this study, neonatal nurses and doctors at Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, were gathered in a focus group and given a questionnaire asking about communication in the neonatal department. Neonatal nurses and doctors were then trained to use SBAR.

RESULTS

A telephone audit demonstrated an increase in SBAR use by registrars from 29% to 70% when calling consultants for help. After training, the majority of staff agreed that SBAR had helped with communication, confidence, and quality of patient care. There was qualitative evidence that SBAR led to greater promptness in care of acutely ill patients.

CONCLUSIONS

Adopting SBAR was associated with perceived improvement in communication between professionals and in the quality and safety of patient care. It is suggested that this simple tool be introduced to many other hospitals in SA.

Authors

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Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

26042265

Citation

Raymond, M, and M C. Harrison. "The Structured Communication Tool SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment and Recommendation) Improves Communication in Neonatology." South African Medical Journal = Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde, vol. 104, no. 12, 2014, pp. 850-2.
Raymond M, Harrison MC. The structured communication tool SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment and Recommendation) improves communication in neonatology. S Afr Med J. 2014;104(12):850-2.
Raymond, M., & Harrison, M. C. (2014). The structured communication tool SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment and Recommendation) improves communication in neonatology. South African Medical Journal = Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde, 104(12), 850-2.
Raymond M, Harrison MC. The Structured Communication Tool SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment and Recommendation) Improves Communication in Neonatology. S Afr Med J. 2014;104(12):850-2. PubMed PMID: 26042265.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The structured communication tool SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment and Recommendation) improves communication in neonatology. AU - Raymond,M, AU - Harrison,M C, PY - 2015/6/5/entrez PY - 2015/6/5/pubmed PY - 2015/6/20/medline SP - 850 EP - 2 JF - South African medical journal = Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrif vir geneeskunde JO - S. Afr. Med. J. VL - 104 IS - 12 N2 - BACKGROUND: Effective communication, co-operation and teamwork have been identified as key determinants of patient safety. SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment and Recommendation) is a communication tool recommended by the World Health Organization and the UK National Health Service. SBAR is a structured method for communicating critical information that requires immediate attention and action, contributing to effective escalation of management and increased patient safety. To our knowledge, this is the first study showing use of SBAR in South Africa (SA). OBJECTIVE: To determine the effectiveness of adopting the SBAR communication tool in an acute clinical setting in SA. METHODS: In the first phase of this study, neonatal nurses and doctors at Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, were gathered in a focus group and given a questionnaire asking about communication in the neonatal department. Neonatal nurses and doctors were then trained to use SBAR. RESULTS: A telephone audit demonstrated an increase in SBAR use by registrars from 29% to 70% when calling consultants for help. After training, the majority of staff agreed that SBAR had helped with communication, confidence, and quality of patient care. There was qualitative evidence that SBAR led to greater promptness in care of acutely ill patients. CONCLUSIONS: Adopting SBAR was associated with perceived improvement in communication between professionals and in the quality and safety of patient care. It is suggested that this simple tool be introduced to many other hospitals in SA. SN - 0256-9574 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/26042265/The_structured_communication_tool_SBAR__Situation_Background_Assessment_and_Recommendation__improves_communication_in_neonatology_ L2 - https://medlineplus.gov/patientsafety.html DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -