Mueller, Martin, Juergens, Jonas, Redaelli, Marcus, Klingberg, Karsten, Hautz, Wolf E. and Stock, Stephanie (2018). Impact of the communication and patient hand-off tool SBAR on patient safety: a systematic review. BMJ Open, 8 (8). LONDON: BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP. ISSN 2044-6055

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Abstract

Objectives Communication breakdown is one of the main causes of adverse events in clinical routine, particularly in handover situations. The communication tool SBAR (situation, background, assessment and recommendation) was developed to increase handover quality and is widely assumed to increase patient safety. The objective of this review is to summarise the impact of the implementation of SBAR on patient safety. Design A systematic review of articles published on SBAR was performed in PUBMED, EMBASE, CINAHL, Cochrane Library and PsycINFO in January 2017. All original research articles on SBAR fulfilling the following eligibility criteria were included: (1) SBAR was implemented into clinical routine, (2) the investigation of SBAR was the primary objective and (3) at least one patient outcome was reported. Setting A wide range of settings within primary and secondary care and nursing homes. Participants A variety of heath professionals including nurses and physicians. Primary and secondary outcome measures Aspects of patient safety (patient outcomes) defined as the occurrence or incidence of adverse events. Results Eight studies with a before-after design and three controlled clinical trials performed in different clinical settings met the inclusion criteria. The objectives of the studies were to improve team communication, patient hand-offs and communication in telephone calls from nurses to physicians. The studies were heterogeneous with regard to study characteristics, especially patient outcomes. In total, 26 different patient outcomes were measured, of which eight were reported to be significantly improved. Eleven were described as improved but no further statistical tests were reported, and six outcomes did not change significantly. Only one study reported a descriptive reduction in patient outcomes. Conclusions This review found moderate evidence for improved patient safety through SBAR implementation, especially when used to structure communication over the phone. However, there is a lack of high-quality research on this widely used communication tool. Trial registration none

Item Type: Journal Article
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Mueller, MartinUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Juergens, JonasUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Redaelli, MarcusUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Klingberg, KarstenUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Hautz, Wolf E.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Stock, StephanieUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-177108
DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-022202
Journal or Publication Title: BMJ Open
Volume: 8
Number: 8
Date: 2018
Publisher: BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP
Place of Publication: LONDON
ISSN: 2044-6055
Language: English
Faculty: Unspecified
Divisions: Unspecified
Subjects: no entry
Uncontrolled Keywords:
KeywordsLanguage
IMPROVES COMMUNICATION; QUALITY; EVENTS; SITUATIONMultiple languages
Medicine, General & InternalMultiple languages
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/17710

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