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

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/207844
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:
Clin Nurs Res. 2011 May;20(2):197-208. Epub 2010 Nov 15.
Journal:
Clinical nursing research
Issue Date:
1-Feb-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/207844
DOI:
10.1177/1054773810389809
PubMed ID:
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.
Language:
eng
MeSH:
Humans; Pressure Ulcer/*epidemiology; Reproducibility of Results; Risk Assessment
ISSN:
1552-3799 (Electronic); 1054-7738 (Linking)

Full metadata record

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dc.contributor.authorWalsh, Bredaen_GB
dc.contributor.authorDempsey, Lauraen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-01T11:08:55Z-
dc.date.available2012-02-01T11:08:55Z-
dc.date.issued2012-02-01T11:08:55Z-
dc.identifier.citationClin Nurs Res. 2011 May;20(2):197-208. Epub 2010 Nov 15.en_GB
dc.identifier.issn1552-3799 (Electronic)en_GB
dc.identifier.issn1054-7738 (Linking)en_GB
dc.identifier.pmid21078891en_GB
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/1054773810389809en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/207844-
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.en_GB
dc.language.isoengen_GB
dc.subject.meshHumansen_GB
dc.subject.meshPressure Ulcer/*epidemiologyen_GB
dc.subject.meshReproducibility of Resultsen_GB
dc.subject.meshRisk Assessmenten_GB
dc.titleInvestigating the reliability and validity of the waterlow risk assessment scale: a literature review.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentThe Mater Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.en_GB
dc.identifier.journalClinical nursing researchen_GB
dc.description.provinceLeinster-
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