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Master of Science
Because critically ill patients are often not able to self report the presence of pain, an observer rating scale, the Critical Care Pain Observation Tool (CPOT) was developed for pain assessment of critically ill patients. This research examines the reliability and validity of the CPOT via replication of the original research study that developed the tool. Utilizing a repeated measures design, two nurse observers used the CPOT to score patient pain behaviors during rest, with repositioning and after repositioning. Results show fair to almost perfect interrater reliability and good discriminant validity of the instrument. The Critical Care Pain Observation Tool is a promising instrument for assessment of pain in critically ill patients.
Keane, Kathleen Marie, "Validity and reliability of the Critical Care Pain Observation Tool: A replication study" (2009). Master's Theses and Capstones. 449.