Inter-rater reliability of Monitor, Senior Monitor and Qualpacs*


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    Based on a paper presented to 2nd National QLIAN (Quality Assurance Network) Conference Harrogate England, 24 June 1992

Dr S J Redfern Director Nursing Research Unit King's College, University of London, Cornwall House Annex Waterloo Road London SE1 8TX England


This paper describes inter-rater reliability of three quality assessment instruments Monitor, Senior Monitor and Qualpacs The work forms part of a Department of Health funded study examining the reliability and validity of these three instruments Inter-rater reliability is not a fixed entity and therefore should be tested every time raters or the setting change In this instance, testing was earned out in three wards (one elderly and two surgical) Two methods of analysis were used percent agreement and intra-class correlation coefficient Results and some of the techniques that were found to be useful in enhancing reliability are described Acceptable levels of inter-rater reliability with all three instruments were reached