Nurse-rating of psychotic behaviour
Article first published online: 22 DEC 2006
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Volume 3, Issue 6, pages 551–561, November 1978
How to Cite
Downing, A. R. and Brockington, I. F. (1978), Nurse-rating of psychotic behaviour. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 3: 551–561. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.1978.tb00863.x
- Issue published online: 22 DEC 2006
- Article first published online: 22 DEC 2006
- Accepted for publication 8 May 1978
The aim of this study was to review six nurse-rating schedules to evaluate their suitability for a British psychiatric unit and current nursing practice.
They were compared for their reliability, their concordance with psychiatric ratings and their acceptability to the nursing staff. It was found that psychiatric and nursing observations corresponded over a wide area of psychopathology: anxiety, tension, depression, hostility, preoccupation with hypochondriacal, grandiose and self-depreciatory ideas, hallucinosis, thought disorders, mannerisms, retardation, emotional withdrawal, hypomanic activity and uncooperative behaviour. These were adequately covered by two of the scales, the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS) and the Psychotic Inpatient Profile (PIP), which together took 71/2 minutes to complete. Another of the schedules studied, the Nursing Rating Scale (Hargreaves), also had relatively high reliability and a broad effective range.