Journal article

The evaluation of structured communication tools in healthcare

S Marshall, J Harrison, B Flanagan

Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society | Published : 2008


Suboptimal communication between health professionals has been identified as a significant causative factor in incidents compromising patient safety. The use of a structured method of communication has been suggested to improve the quality of information exchange, particularly with inexperienced practitioners. One structure that has been suggested to improve communication is the situational briefing tool SBAR. This tool was developed by the US Navy for standardizing important and urgent communication in nuclear submarines. Despite its widespread uptake in some areas of healthcare, its effectiveness has until recently been unproven. This paper describes the benefits and pitfalls of methods we..

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