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Authors

  1. Abbaszade, Ali MSN
  2. Assarroudi, Abdolghader PhD
  3. Armat, Mohammad Reza PhD
  4. Stewart, Jacqueline J. DNP
  5. Rakhshani, Mohammad Hassan PhD
  6. Sefidi, Narges MSN
  7. Sahebkar, Mohammad MS

Abstract

Background: Effective communication, including the complete and accurate transfer of information and the prevention of misrepresentation and misinterpretation of patient-centered data during handoff, can enhance the quality of patient care and safety.

 

Purpose: This study was aimed at evaluating the impact of bedside handoff using the Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation (SBAR) technique, on the quality of nursing care.

 

Methods: The Quality Patient Care Scale (QUALPACS) was completed by the patient while nurses performed a verbal bedside shift handoff and after receiving education on the purpose and proper use of the SBAR communication tool.

 

Results: The mean age of subjects was 51.29 +/- 8.02 years. We found a significant increase in the mean score of QUALPACS dimensions, namely psychosocial (P < .001), physical (P < .001), and communication (P < .001) after SBAR implementation.

 

Conclusions: Findings suggest that using the SBAR handoff technique increases the quality of nursing care in all QUALPACS dimensions.