Adding kindness at handover to improve our collegiality: the K‐ISBAR tool

David J Brewster and Bruce P Waxman
Med J Aust 2019; 211 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50238
Published online: 15 July 2019

In reply: We thank Goh for their interest in our article. Our reflection article on the introduction of K‐ISBAR (Kindness at handover, Introduction, Situation, Background, Assessment and Recommendation) focuses on how all doctors interact in a collegiate manner and should keep each other's wellbeing in mind.1 We agree that medical collegiality pertains to both professionalism and patient safety. The ultimate outcome of improved collegiality and behaviour may translate into enhanced patient safety and mental health of our profession.

  • 1 Cabrini Clinical School, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2 Cabrini Hospital, Melbourne, VIC
  • 3 BPW Consulting, Melbourne, VIC


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