Standard Assessment Tools: PPS, ESAS & SBAR

In this podcast, two palliative care tools, the PPS, the ESAS, are used to evaluate our patient Bob and then the SBAR is used to communicate this information to other members of the health care team. This is a typical approach used when evaluating a patient. While the tools in your facility may be named differently or have different formats, it is important to remember that this is an good example of the type of information that must be gathered from the patient.

This podcast reports on the our first visit to see Bob.


  • 0’00” Introduction and setting the stage.
  • 0’15” Using the Palliative Performance Scale (PPS)
  • 4’11” Using the Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale (ESAS)
  • 6’30” An interview with Bob using the ESAS
  • 11’39” Communicating information to a colleague using the SBAR.
  • 15’54” Discussion
  • 16’41” End

Chapter 3, pgs 23 to 32, Enhancing comfort and managing symptoms, Essentials in Hospice Palliative Care, 2nd Edition, Katherine Murray, 2010.
Workbook for Nurses: Enhancing comfort and managing symptoms: Introduction and Tools, Essentials in Hospice Palliative Care Workbook for Nurses, Katherine Murray, 2010
Powerpoints™ Using Standard Tools in Hospice Palliative Care

Written and recorded by Kath Murray and Deb Stark. All Rights Reserved. Life and Death Matters 2010