Telephone referrals by junior doctors: a randomised controlled trial assessing the impact of SBAR in a simulated setting
Neil James Cunningham, Tracey J Weiland, Julian van Dijk, Paul Paddle, Nicole Shilkofski, Nicola Yumei Cunningham
POSTGRADUATE MEDICAL JOURNAL | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2012
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether exposing junior doctors to Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation (SBAR) improves their telephone referrals. SBAR is a standardised minimum information communication tool. METHODS: A randomised controlled trial with participants and rating clinicians both blinded to group allocation. Hospital interns from a 2-year period (2006-2007) participated in two simulated clinical scenarios which required them to make telephone referrals. The intervention group was educated in SBAR between scenarios. Pre and post intervention telephone referrals were recorded, scored and compared. Six-month follow-up and year group comparisons were also made. An objective rat..View full abstract
This study was funded in part by The Windermere Foundation.