Classification of disability and distress by ward nurses: a reliability study

Int J Epidemiol. 1978 Dec;7(4):359-61. doi: 10.1093/ije/7.4.359.


In a series of trials, ward nurses independently classified the disability and distress states of medical and surgical patients. Criteria for inter-rater reliability, in terms of correlation and absence of bias, were met after each rater had taken part in a training session which gave immediate feedback about performance.

MeSH terms

  • Disability Evaluation
  • Health Status Indicators
  • Humans
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital*
  • Patients / classification*