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The oncology acuity tool: a reliable, valid method for measuring patient acuity for nurse assignment decisions.
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PMID:  23362555     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
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BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Matching nurse assignments with patient acuity has critical implications for providing safe, effective, and efficient care. Despite this, we lack well-established methods for accurate assessment of acuity. This study aimed to evaluate the reliability and validity of the Oncology Acuity Tool (OAT), which is used for determining nurse assignments.
METHODS: Inter-rater reliability and concurrent validity were assessed via surveys of current users of the tool. Content validity data were collected from expert oncology nurses. Predictive validity was assessed by tracking patients who sustained either of two acute events.
RESULTS: Findings included high inter-rater reliability, moderately strong concurrent validity, and moderate content validity. Acuity significantly predicted rapid response team consults but not falls.
CONCLUSIONS: The OAT demonstrated sufficient reliability and validity for measuring acuity prospectively in this population.
Authors:
Caitlin W Brennan; Barbara J Daly; Neal V Dawson; Patricia A Higgins; Katherine R Jones; Elizabeth Madigan; Jeffrey Van Der Meulen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of nursing measurement     Volume:  20     ISSN:  1061-3749     ISO Abbreviation:  J Nurs Meas     Publication Date:  2012  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-31     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9318902     Medline TA:  J Nurs Meas     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  155-85     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Affiliation:
Veterans Affairs National Quality Scholars Program, Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University, USA. cww2@case.edu
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