Intended for healthcare professionals
Bitesize learning

The SBAR technique for effective communication

  • Learning time: 20 mins
  • Last updated: 2023
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This short learning module highlights the importance of adopting a structured style when communicating clinical information. The SBAR communication tool provides a framework to deliver information concisely around four key areas relevant to effective decision making: situation, background, assessment, recommendation.

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