SBAR Technique for Communication: A Situational Briefing Model


Key Questions: What is the SBAR (Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation) technique? How can this technique optimize communication between members of a health care team about a patient's condition?

This tool provides a sample template along with an overview of the required elements of the SBAR technique. It can be adapted to suit your organization's needs.

The SBAR (Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation) technique provides a framework for communication between members of the health care team about a patient's condition. SBAR is an easy-to-remember, concrete mechanism useful for framing any conversation, especially critical ones, requiring a clinician’s immediate attention and action. It allows for an easy and focused way to set expectations for what will be communicated and how between members of the team, which is essential for developing teamwork and fostering a culture of patient safety.



  • Guidelines for Communicating with Physicians Using the SBAR Process
  • SBAR worksheet report to physician about a critical situation
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Kaiser Permanente of Colorado

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Remember the SBAR - Episode 4 - The Nurse Mendoza Show

The SBAR approach to communication.wmv