Effective Communication Strategies For Team And Patient Communication

813 Words May 22nd, 2016 4 Pages
Employing effective communication strategies between healthcare practitioners and between patients is essential to ensure high quality patient outcomes. As healthcare becomes more complex, the focus for organizations will be on processes that facilitate collaboration and improve patient outcomes (Rosenstein, Dinklin, & Munro, 2014). This paper will review two strategies to improve communication: the use of the Situation-Background-Assessment- Recommendation tool, or SBAR for interprofessional team communication and the teach-back method of educating patients.
Strategies for Team and Patient Communication
The link between communication and patient safety in healthcare has been well documented. The Joint Commission (TJC) recognizes that errors in communication between healthcare practitioners results in approximately sixty percent of all reported serious safety events (Narayan, 2013, p. 504). Interprofessional communication and collaboration in health care is considered to be one of the best approaches to improve patient outcomes. One of the recommended tools to improve communication between healthcare practitioners is the Situation-Background-Assessment- Recommendation tool, or SBAR. SBAR is an organized method to communicate information about a patient. By using this method of communication it standardizes communication so all members of the team are familiar with the format, what information to communicate, and what to expect from the information that is received…

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