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Table 1 Rating system to determine the clinical utility of instruments for monitoring ICU sedation

From: Instruments for monitoring intensive care unit sedation

Condition Description Points
Validity Capacity to document agitation- and distress-related symptoms (pain, anxiety, delirium) 0-5
  Content and construct validity 0-10
  Exact definition of level of sedation end-points 0-10
Reliability Inter-rater and intra-rater agreement 0-20
Applicability Easy learning and routine recording by physicians and nurses 0-5
Total points   0-50