What Makes SBAR So “Sticky”?
What is it about SBAR?
SBAR — which stands for Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation — is a communication framework health professionals use to efficiently and concisely convey crucial information.
For years, it’s been one of the most popular search terms on the IHI website. Why?
I suspect it has something to do with its elegance:
- S=Situation (a concise statement of the problem)
- B=Background (pertinent and brief information related to the situation)
- A=Assessment (analysis and considerations of options — what you found/think)
- R=Recommendation (action requested/recommended — what you want)
Here’s an example of a respiratory therapist using SBAR to communicate with a physician regarding a patient’s situation:
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