Inter-rater reliability of assessments for triage severity classifications across Victorian emergency departments.

Project Details

Using simulated patient scenarios, the current project will conduct inter-rater reliability assessments for triage severity classifications among hospitals providing emergency care to children.  The project is therefore focused on assessing variation in Triage category 4 and 5 presentations (diagnosis, time of presentation, age, demographics) and consistency of classification of Triage category 4 and 5 across hospital EDs.  

Project summary

The research team will construct 5 detailed patient case presentations for children of mild/moderate severity which would meet criteria for triage category 4 or 5. The presentations will be provided in written form to 10 health care personnel at each of the 3 study hospitals (Northern, Sunshine and RCH) with responsibility for determining triage category for ED presentations. The Kappa statistic to assess inter-rater reliability will be calculated both for the personnel within and between each hospital.


Professor Gary Freed

Amy Allen

Amie Bingham

Pilar Cantero-Blanco

Caroline Nicolas


The research is being funded by the Northern Melbourne Medicare Local, Royal Children's Hospital Foundation, and the Department of Health, State Government of Victoria.

Research Group

Health Systems and Workforce

School Research Themes

Disparities, disadvantage and effective health care

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact the research group leader.

Department / Centre

Centre for Health Policy

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