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Development of a Patient Acuity Model for an Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit

Incesti, Sharon BSN, MHA, RN1; Bender, Shelia CTRS1; Delunas, Linda R. PhD, RN, CNE2

Rehabilitation Nursing Journal: May 2015 - Volume 40 - Issue 3 - p 133–138
doi: 10.1002/rnj.179
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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


Sharon Incesti, Ingalls Drive, Harvey, IL 60426. E-mail:

© 2015 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.
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