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Nursing Research and Practice
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 1048052, 9 pages
Research Article

The Criterion Validity, Reliability, and Feasibility of an Instrument for Assessing the Nursing Intensity in Perioperative Settings

1Helsinki University Central Hospital, P.O. Box 340, 00029 HUS, Finland
2Department of Nursing Science and Turku University Hospital, Turku University, 20004 Turku, Finland
3Department of Biostatistics, Turku University, 20004 Turku, Finland
4Helsinki University Central Hospital, P.O. Box 280, 00029 HUS, Finland

Correspondence should be addressed to Satu Rauta

Received 1 December 2016; Revised 2 April 2017; Accepted 8 June 2017; Published 17 July 2017

Academic Editor: Sandra M. G. Zwakhalen

Copyright © 2017 Satu Rauta et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Patient classification systems generate information for staff allocation based on a patient’s care needs. This study aims to test further the instrument for assessing nursing intensity (NI) in perioperative settings. Nine operating departments from five university hospitals were involved. The perioperative nurses gathered data from patients () representing different fields of surgery. Reliability was tested by parallel classifications (). Also, the users’ () opinions were surveyed. The results support the predictive validity and interrater reliability of the instrument. The nurses considered the instrument feasible to use. The patients’ low ASA class did not automatically signify low NI; however, high ASA class was more frequently associated with high intraoperative NI. Intraoperative NI indicated the length of the postanaesthesia care and the type of the follow-up unit. Parallel classifications ensured the homogenous use of the instrument. The use of the instrument is recommended.