Development of a Patient Acuity Model for an Inpatient Rehabilitation UnitIncesti, Sharon BSN, MHA, RN1; Bender, Shelia CTRS1; Delunas, Linda R. PhD, RN, CNE2Rehabilitation Nursing Journal: May 2015 - Volume 40 - Issue 3 - p 133–138 doi: 10.1002/rnj.179 Current Issues: CE ARTICLES Buy Abstract Author InformationAuthors Article MetricsMetrics Purpose: A patient classification tool for measuring acuity in acute in-patient rehabilitation patients was needed. A search of the literature failed to uncover an acuity measure specific for this population. Design: A new tool was designed based on the Functional Independence Measure. Methods: The tool was created and preliminary testing was done to establish usability and reliability. Results and Conclusions: Preliminary testing revealed ease of use and moderately good reliability. Clinical Relevance: The in-patient acuity measure is a straightforward tool that can be used to assist with staffing and budgeting. Preliminary testing showed good validity and reliability. 1 Ingalls Center for Rehabilitative Medicine, Ingalls Memorial Hospital, Harvey, IL, USA 2 School of Nursing, Indiana University Northwest, Gary, IN, USA Accepted 4 July 2014 Correspondence Sharon Incesti, Ingalls Drive, Harvey, IL 60426. E-mail: email@example.com © 2015 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.