Nurses’ perceptions regarding using the SBAR tool for handoff communication in a tertiary cancer center in Qatar

Santhirani Nagammal, Abdulqadir J. Nashwan, Sindhumole LK. Nair, Anupama Susmitha


Background: Communication failure has been reported in the literature as the primary source of medical errors and patient harm. Among various methods of handoff communication, Situation, Background, Assessment, and Recommendation (SBAR) is a reliable and efficient framework that nurses worldwide use. The investigators sought to assess the perceptions of nurses with regard to using the SBAR tool for hand-off communication at a cancer hospital in Qatar.

Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive study was carried out to assess perceptions regarding the use of SBAR among 117 staff nurses working in inpatient units of National Center for Cancer Care and Research (NCCCR). A handover evaluation tool was used, enabling nurses to self-report their perceptions.

Results: The majority of staff nurses opined that SBAR followed a logical sequence, with a reduction in communication errors after its use. Also, 53.9% of the nurses reported that they would always recommend the SBAR framework in other areas. The majority (87.3%) of the nurses had good perceptions regarding the use of the SBAR framework, and none of them had poor perceptions regarding the same. The mean duration of handovers reduced after their use of SBAR. There was no association between perceptions and demographic variables.

Conclusions: SBAR is safe and efficient, and it can be recommended for all healthcare settings. The SBAR communication technique provides an organized logical sequence and improved communication that has been proved to ensure patient safety.

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Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

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