Examining adverse events after intensive care unit discharge: outcomes from a pilot questionnaire

Malcolm Elliott, Karen Page, Linda Worrall-Carter, John Rolley

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Adverse events are common in acute clinical settings but little is known about these events occurring after Intensive Care discharge. This study aimed to develop a reliable and valid tool for exploring clinicians' opinions of factors associated with post-Intensive Care adverse events. A convenience sample of Australian Intensive Care Liaison Nurses was invited to complete and appraise a questionnaire using structured guidelines. Content validity and internal consistency were assessed. Twelve Intensive Care Liaison Nurses completed the questionnaire. Cronbach?s alpha coefficient showed high internal consistency for the questionnaire; all 24 items on the questionnaire had coefficients greater than 0.852. The content validity index of the questionnaire overall was 0.76. The post-Intensive Care adverse events questionnaire demonstrated reliability and validity. It is a tool that can be used to explore clinicians? opinions of factors associated with these events. The tool is important as it facilitates further insight into the causes of post-Intensive Care adverse events.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)479-86
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Practice
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes


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