Improving communication of important information using the SBARD tool
Evidence & Practice    

Improving communication of important information using the SBARD tool

Katherine Vlitos Child and adolescent mental health service higher trainee, North Edinburgh CAMHS, NHS Lothian (and, at the time of writing, a core trainee at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust)
Stania Kamara CT3 doctor, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust Croydon (and, at the time of writing, a core trainee, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust)

Multidisciplinary communication is vital for providing safe and efficient patient care. The situation, background, assessment, recommendation and decision (SBARD) tool is an evidence-based resource that is used widely in physical healthcare settings. It offers healthcare professionals a framework for communicating important and relevant information. This article reports on a quality improvement project that successfully implemented SBARD on two adult mental health units, and describes how it has improved communication between multidisciplinary team members.

Mental Health Practice. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2016.e1062

Correspondence

Katherine.Vlitos@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Received: 22 February 2015

Accepted: 08 December 2015

Published online: 03 September 2016