CAMHS dependency scoring: clarity and clinical relevance of the CAMHS-AID.

Paul Abeles, Eleri Holmes, Malli Wadge, Peter Hodgkinson, Adam Danquah

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AIM: A dependency measure (the CAMHS-AID) was developed in Birmingham and Manchester to support more accurate decisions about whether a young person can be accommodated on a child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) inpatient unit. This study aimed to test the content and face validity of the scale. METHOD: Eighty-six nursing staff were provided with booklets of the randomly ordered CAMHS-AID items and asked to rate the clarity of the items and how well they reflected clinical practice on a 5-point scale. RESULTS: The majority of the items were given a score of four or five, indicating that the majority of the CAMHS nurses felt that the CAMHS-AID items were very clear and understandable and accurately reflected clinical practice. There was greater variance when rating the clinical relevance of the items; the higher the grade of nurse the more likely they were to rate the items a 5 for clinical relevance. CONCLUSION: The CAMHS-AID has good content and face validity. We are continuing to investigate other aspects of validity and reliability of this context specific dependency scoring tool.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)30-32
Number of pages3
JournalPaediatric Nursing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008


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