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Clinical validation of the nursing outcome falls prevention behavior in people with stroke.

de Sousa Costa, Alice G; de Araujo, Thelma Leite; Cavalcante, Tahissa Frota; Oliveira Lopes, Marcos V; Oliveira-Kumakura, Ana R de Souza; Chaves Costa, Francisca B.
Appl Nurs Res ; 33: 67-71, 2017 02.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28096026

PURPOSE:

To review the nursing outcome, Fall Prevention Behavior, and clinically validate its indicators in people with stroke.

METHODS:

A methodological study performed with 106 patients in two outpatient clinics, from July to September of 2013. Two pairs of trained nurses applied the NOC scale, one with and one without the use of operational definitions. The internal consistency, stability and difference between the medians obtained by nurses were compared within and between pairs.

RESULTS:

Most participants were men, elderly, with low education and income. Statistically significant differences were noted in twelve indicators. Five indicators had different means that were greater than the least significant difference.

CONCLUSIONS:

The indicators were statistically significant; the internal consistency was similar between the pairs and the intraclass correlation coefficient was more satisfactory in the pair that used the definitions. Thus, the construction of empirical referents and the clinical validation process makes the nursing indicators and outcomes more adequate for specific populations and provides an effective means to better evaluate the nursing actions.