Inter-rater reliability of the Subjective Global Assessment: A systematic literature review

Steenson, Jessica, Vivanti, Angela and Isenring, Elizabeth (2013) Inter-rater reliability of the Subjective Global Assessment: A systematic literature review. Nutrition, 29 1: 350-352. doi:10.1016/j.nut.2012.05.006


Author Steenson, Jessica
Vivanti, Angela
Isenring, Elizabeth
Title Inter-rater reliability of the Subjective Global Assessment: A systematic literature review
Journal name Nutrition   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0899-9007
1873-1244
Publication date 2013-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.nut.2012.05.006
Volume 29
Issue 1
Start page 350
End page 352
Total pages 3
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objectives: Malnutrition continues to be under-recognized and undertreated in the hospitalized setting. Although no "gold standard" for the diagnosis of malnutrition exists, the Subjective Global Assessment (SGA) is a commonly used malnutrition assessment tool. The study aim was to explore the reporting of inter-rater reliability (IRR) of the SGA when used as a nutritional assessment tool in the published literature.
Methods:
A comprehensive literature review was performed identifying 119 articles using the SGA once exclusion criteria were applied. Articles were examined for use of IRR and the Cohen κ agreement between examiners.
Results: The IRR of the SGA was reported in only 13% of articles where the SGA was used for nutritional assessment. The κ agreement was highest when examiners were experienced.
Conclusions: The IRR is rarely reported in the published literature and has not yet been reported across experience levels.
Keyword Interobserver variability
Reliability
Subjective Global Assessment
Reliability and validity
Nutritional assessment
Nutrition Screening Tools
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Official 2014 Collection
School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Publications
 
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