Improving the Effectiveness of Communication Among Caregivers

The opportunity for effective, interactive communication is essential to support the exchange of accurate and relevant patient information. SBAR is a structured, organized method of communication between nurses and physicians.

The four elements of SBAR are:

  • Situation: What is happening with the patient right now
  • Background: Important medical history to help identify the patient situation
  • Assessment: Clinical data to support the concern, labs or physical changes
  • Recommendation: Suggestions or desired orders to meet the patient’s immediate needs

Improving the Effectiveness of Communication Among Caregivers