The Feasibility, Reliability, and Clinical Utility of the Agitated Behavior Scale in Brain-Injured Rehabilitation Patients
Version of Record online: 18 JAN 2012
© 2012 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 37, Issue 1, pages 19–24, January/February 2012
How to Cite
Amato, S., Resan, M. and Mion, L. (2012), The Feasibility, Reliability, and Clinical Utility of the Agitated Behavior Scale in Brain-Injured Rehabilitation Patients. Rehabilitation Nursing, 37: 19–24. doi: 10.1002/RNJ.00001
- Issue online: 18 JAN 2012
- Version of Record online: 18 JAN 2012
- brain injury;
- research: quantitative;
- safety issues
Patients with traumatic brain injury often experience physical and cognitive impairments as well as agitation requiring additional care to maintain a safe and therapeutic environment.
The aim of this study was to determine the feasibility, reliability and clinical utility of the Agitated Behavior Scale (ABS) as part of routine rehabilitation nursing assessment.
A prospective descriptive study was conducted on a brain injury rehabilitation unit consisting of a sample of 51 patients who were consecutively admitted over 4 months to a rehabilitation unit.
Results showed that the tool was completed on the majority of nursing shifts, had high interrater agreement, and distinguished patients who were on constant observation or physically restrained.
Conclusion and Clinical Relevance
The ABS can be used as an objective measure for nurses to guide the initiation and evaluate the effectiveness of various care strategies.