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dc.contributor.authorAnthony, Denis Martin
dc.contributor.authorPapanikolaou, Panos
dc.contributor.authorParboteeah, Sam
dc.contributor.authorSaleh, Mohammad
dc.identifier.citationAnthony, D.M., Papanikolaou, P., Parboteeah, S. and Saleh, M. (2010) Do risk assessment scales for pressure ulcers work? Journal of Tissue Viability, 19 (4), pp. 132-136en
dc.description.abstractRisk assessment scales are widely used to measure the risk of pressure ulcers in the clinical area. They have been subject to many validation studies; however these have focused on the predictive ability of the scales. We have conducted several studies that consider the validity of pressure ulcer risk assessment scales. We have reviewed these and revisited the data in some cases to conduct additional tests of validity presented for the first time in this paper. Based on these results, and a review of the literature, we have come to the conclusion that while the scales are probably reliable, and do assess risk: The complexity of risk assessment scales does not appear to be warranted. There is evidence that clinical judgment is as effective in assessing risk as risk assessment scales. Reduction in pressure ulcer incidence after implementation of risk assessment tools is likely to be an example of the Hawthorn effect. We believe risk assessment scales are useful research tools, but may not be useful in clinical practice.en
dc.titleDo risk assessment scales for pressure ulcers work?en
dc.researchgroupNursing and Midwifery Research Centre
dc.researchgroupHealth Policy Research Unit

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