SBAR Technique for Communication: A Situational Briefing Model

The SBAR (Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation) technique provides a
framework for communication between members of the health care team about a patient’s
condition. This downloadable tool from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement contains two
• “Guidelines for Communicating With Physicians Using the SBAR Process” explains how
to carry out the SBAR technique.
• “SBAR Report to Physician About a Critical Situation” is a worksheet/script that a
provider can use to organize information in preparing to communicate with a physician
about a critically ill patient.

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