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Nurses assessment of development hip dysplasia: A scoping review


Smart, L and Pelentsov, L and Childs, J and Williams, N and Esterman, A, Nurses assessment of development hip dysplasia: A scoping review, Journal of Child Health Care pp. 1-8. ISSN 1367-4935 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/13674935221095647


Developmental hip dysplasia is an abnormality of the hip joint which is associated with an unstable or dislocatable hip. During infancy, hips should be screened to determine whether they are stable, unstable or dislocated. In Australia, this screening is often performed by nurses using physical assessment. Physical examination includes a number of assessments which seek to identify underlying abnormalities in hip joint anatomy and function. This scoping review outlines the physical assessments used by nurses in the screening and surveillance of developmental hip dysplasia. A review of the literature identified 15 (N = 15; 100%) sources of evidence, which included original research articles (n = 6; 40%), expert opinion pieces (n = 2; 13.3%) and practice guidelines (n = 7; 46.7%). There were 18 physical assessments identified as being used by nurses in the screening process for developmental hip dysplasia. However, it is apparent that high quality research is required to examine the timing, specificity and sensitivity of the physical assessments identified.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:infant, developmental dysplasia of the hip
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Community child health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Neonatal and child health
UTAS Author:Smart, L (Ms Larissa Smart)
ID Code:154319
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2022-11-23
Last Modified:2022-12-23

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