Improving communication of important information using the SBARD tool
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Improving communication of important information using the SBARD tool

Katherine Vlitos Child and adolescent mental health service higher trainee, North Edinburgh CAMHS, NHS Lothian
Stania Kamara CT3 doctor, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust Croydon

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. 20, 2, 34-38. doi: 10.7748/mhp.2016.e1062


Peer review

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

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 22 February 2015

Accepted: 08 December 2015

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