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dc.contributor.authorWalsh, Breda
dc.contributor.authorDempsey, Laura
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
html.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.


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