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Type: Journal article
Title: The Resident Classification Scale: Is it a valid measure of functional dependence?
Author: Stepien, J.
White, H.
Wundke, R.
Giles, L.
Whitehead, C.
Crotty, M.
Citation: Australasian Journal on Ageing, 2006; 25(1):42-45
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Asia
Issue Date: 2006
ISSN: 1440-6381
1741-6612
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Jacqueline M. Stepien, Helen White, Rachel Wundke, Lynne C. Giles, Craig H. Whitehead and Maria Crotty
Abstract: <jats:p><jats:bold>Objectives: </jats:bold> <jats:italic>To determine the validity of the Resident Classification Scale (RCS) in measuring functional dependence.</jats:italic> </jats:p><jats:p><jats:bold>Methods: </jats:bold> <jats:italic>Participants newly assessed in hospital as requiring residential care were randomised to receive either transitional care or traditional inpatient hospital care. At the 4 month follow‐up, the RCS and modified Barthel Index were administered. Inter‐ (</jats:italic>n <jats:italic>= 21) and intrarater (</jats:italic>n <jats:italic>= 10) reliability of the RCS was assessed.</jats:italic></jats:p><jats:p><jats:bold>Results: </jats:bold> <jats:italic>A total of 317 participants were recruited. Interrater reliability for the RCS was high (ICC = 0.93) as was the intrarater reliability (Spearman's r = 0.84). There was strong agreement between the RCS and the modified Barthel Index.</jats:italic> </jats:p><jats:p><jats:bold>Conclusions: </jats:bold> <jats:italic>The RCS has been specifically designed to assess the needs of individuals requiring long‐term residential care. With minor modifications, the RCS has the potential to be a useful research tool.</jats:italic> </jats:p>
Keywords: activities of daily living
nursing homes
rehabilitation
validation studies
Description: © 2006 COTA National Seniors Partnership
DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-6612.2006.00139.x
Published version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1741-6612.2006.00139.x
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