Do knowledge and experience have specific roles in triage decision-making?

Considine, Julie, Botti, Mari and Thomas, Shane 2007, Do knowledge and experience have specific roles in triage decision-making?, Academic emergency medicine, vol. 14, no. 8, pp. 722-726.


Title Do knowledge and experience have specific roles in triage decision-making?
Author(s) Considine, Julie
Botti, Mari
Thomas, Shane
Journal name Academic emergency medicine
Volume number 14
Issue number 8
Start page 722
End page 726
Publisher Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
Place of publication Malden, MA
Publication date 2007-06-28
ISSN 1069-6563
1553-2712
Keyword(s) triage
emergency medicine
emergency nursing
decision-making
Summary Accuracy of triage decisions is a major influence on patient outcomes. Triage nurses' knowledge and experience have been cited as influential factors in triage decision-making. The aim of this article is to examine the independent roles of factual knowledge and experience in triage decisions. All of the articles cited in this review were research papers that examined the relationship between triage decisions and knowledge and/or experience of triage nurses. Numerous studies have shown that factual knowledge is an important factor in improving triage decisions. Although a number of studies have examined the role of experience as an independent influence on triage decisions, none have found a significant relationship between experience and triage decision-making. Factual knowledge appears to be more important than years of emergency nursing or triage experience in triage decision accuracy. Many triage education programs are underpinned by the assumption that knowledge acquisition will result in improved triage decisions. A better understanding of the relationships between clinical decisions, knowledge, and experience is pivotal for the rigorous evaluation of education programs.
Language eng
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007 by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007215

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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