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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 146-150

Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation technique improves nurse–Physician communication and patient satisfaction in cataract surgeries

1 Department of Ophthalmology, Zhongshan Hospital Xiamen University, Xiamen, China
2 Department of Pharmacy, China Medical University and China Medical University Beigang Hospital, Yunlin County, Taiwan
3 Department of Internal Medicine, Chung Shan Medical University Hospital and Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan

Correspondence Address:
Gwo-Ping Jong
Department of Internal Medicine, Chung Shan Medical University Hospital and Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/sjmms.sjmms_602_21

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Background: Implementation of the Situation–Background–Assessment–Recommendation (SBAR) communication technique has been shown to increase nurse–physician communication and collaboration. However, data regarding its implementation in ophthalmology settings are limited. Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of implementing SBAR on nurse–physician communication and on the safety and satisfaction of patients undergoing cataract surgery. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted in the Ophthalmology Department of Zhongshan Hospital, Xiamen University, Xiamen, China, from April 2016 to December 2018. SBAR was implemented through a 1-h course that was repeated every 2 months for 2 years. All nurses and physicians completed the Physician–Nurse Communication Satisfaction Questionnaire before SBAR implementation and 1- and 2-year post-implementation. In addition, all patients who underwent cataract surgery during the defined pre-implementation and 1- and 2-year post-implementation periods were invited to complete a patient satisfaction questionnaire. Results: In total, 10 nurses and 6 physicians completed all three pre- and post-implementation surveys. In addition, 1215 patients undergoing cataract surgery participated: 358 in the pre-implementation phase, 425 in the 1-year post-implementation, and 432 in the 2-year post-implementation. Physician–nurse communication significantly improved in both 1- and 2-year post-implementation periods compared with the pre-implementation phase (P < 0.01). In addition, there was a significant increase in patient satisfaction scores (P < 0.01) and a decrease in medical complaints and malpractices (P < 0.01) between the pre- and post-implementation phases. Conclusion: SBAR is a useful tool for enhancing nurse–physician communication and for improving the safety and satisfaction of patients undergoing cataract surgery.

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