Investigating the reliability and validity of the waterlow risk assessment scale: a literature review.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/138163
Title:
Investigating the reliability and validity of the waterlow risk assessment scale: a literature review.
Authors:
Walsh, Breda; Dempsey, Laura
Affiliation:
The Mater Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.
Citation:
Investigating the reliability and validity of the waterlow risk assessment scale: a literature review. 2011, 20 (2):197-208 Clin Nurs Res
Journal:
Clinical nursing research
Issue Date:
May-2011
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/138163
DOI:
10.1177/1054773810389809
PubMed ID:
21078891
Additional Links:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21078891
Abstract:
The aim of this review was to examine health literature on the reliability and validity of the Waterlow pressure sore assessment scale. A systematic review of published studies relating to the topic was conducted and literature was examined for its relevancy to the topic under investigation. Findings suggest that despite the availability of over 40 assessment tools, the Waterlow assessment scale is the most frequently used by health care staff. Research suggests that the Waterlow Scale is an unreliable method of assessing individuals at risk of pressure sore development with all studies indicating a poor interrater reliability status. Its validity has also been criticized because of its high-sensitivity but low-specificity levels.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
MeSH:
Humans; Pressure Ulcer; Reproducibility of Results; Risk Assessment
ISSN:
1552-3799

Full metadata record

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dc.contributor.authorWalsh, Bredaen
dc.contributor.authorDempsey, Lauraen
dc.date.accessioned2011-07-28T15:28:31Z-
dc.date.available2011-07-28T15:28:31Z-
dc.date.issued2011-05-
dc.identifier.citationInvestigating the reliability and validity of the waterlow risk assessment scale: a literature review. 2011, 20 (2):197-208 Clin Nurs Resen
dc.identifier.issn1552-3799-
dc.identifier.pmid21078891-
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1054773810389809-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/138163-
dc.description.abstractThe aim of this review was to examine health literature on the reliability and validity of the Waterlow pressure sore assessment scale. A systematic review of published studies relating to the topic was conducted and literature was examined for its relevancy to the topic under investigation. Findings suggest that despite the availability of over 40 assessment tools, the Waterlow assessment scale is the most frequently used by health care staff. Research suggests that the Waterlow Scale is an unreliable method of assessing individuals at risk of pressure sore development with all studies indicating a poor interrater reliability status. Its validity has also been criticized because of its high-sensitivity but low-specificity levels.-
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21078891en
dc.subject.meshHumans-
dc.subject.meshPressure Ulcer-
dc.subject.meshReproducibility of Results-
dc.subject.meshRisk Assessment-
dc.titleInvestigating the reliability and validity of the waterlow risk assessment scale: a literature review.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentThe Mater Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.en
dc.identifier.journalClinical nursing researchen
dc.description.provinceLeinster-
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