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Nurses assessment of development hip dysplasia: A scoping review

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posted on 2023-05-21, 14:59 authored by Larissa SmartLarissa Smart, Pelentsov, L, Childs, J, Williams, N, Esterman, A
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.


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Journal of Child Health Care






School of Nursing


Sage Publications

Place of publication

United Kingdom

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Neonatal and child health

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