Journal article

Influence of task properties and subjectivity on consistency of triage: a simulation study

MF Gerdtz, TK Bucknall

JOURNAL OF ADVANCED NURSING | WILEY | Published : 2007

Abstract

AIM: This paper reports a study to determine nurses' levels of agreement using a standard 5-point triage scale and to explore the influence of task properties and subjectivity on decision-making consistency. BACKGROUND: Triage scales are used to define time-to-treatment in hospital emergency departments. Studies of the inter-rater reliability of these scales using paper-based simulation methods report varying levels of consistency. Understanding how various components of the decision task and individual perceptions of the case influence agreement is critical to the development of strategies to improve consistency of triage. METHOD: Simulations were constructed from naturalistic observation, ..

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