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SBAR, an acronym that stands for: Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation, is a technique used for prompt and appropriate communication in the health care organizations.[1] It is modeled upon naval military procedures and was adapted to health care by Michael Leonard, Doug Bonacum, and Suzanne Graham of Kaiser Permanente.

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The SBAR system is used to create a structured and standardized communication format between health care workers. It is particularly useful for reporting changes in a patient's status and / or deterioration between health care services or shifts. The most common use of SBAR is during nursing shift changes. Other common uses of SBAR include changes of services. For example, a patient is having a diagnostic imaging procedure in medical imaging.

The following is a breakdown for each SBAR element:





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  1. ^ Velji, K; Baker GR, Fancott C et al. (2008). "Effectiveness of an Adapted SBAR Communication Tool for a Rehabilitation Setting". Healthcare Quarterly (Longwoods) 11 (Spec.): 72–79. PMID 18382165. 

Collaborative Communication:

2. Integrating SBAR to Improve Quality/Patient Safety Outcomes. Cynthia D. Beckett, Gayle Kipnis

3. Denham, C. Journal of Patient Safety. 4(1):38-48, March 2008.