Vital signs in hospital patients: a systematic review

Int J Nurs Stud. 2001 Dec;38(6):643-50. doi: 10.1016/s0020-7489(00)00119-x.


Objectives: This review was initiated to identify the best available evidence on vital sign measurements in hospital patients.

Method: Inclusion Criteria--Studies that evaluated some aspect of vital signs. Search--Covered all major databases and the references of identified studies. Data Analysis--Because of the nature of identified studies, data were summarised using narrative rather than statistical methods.

Results: A total of 737 papers of which 69 met the inclusion criteria.

Conclusion: This review has highlighted a need for further investigation of issues related to the role, nature and optimal practice of monitoring patient vital signs.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Blood Pressure Determination
  • Heart Rate
  • Hospitalization*
  • Humans
  • Monitoring, Physiologic / methods*
  • Monitoring, Physiologic / nursing
  • Nursing Assessment / methods*
  • Pulse
  • Respiration
  • Temperature