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Individual and team consensus ratings of child functioning

The authors examined agreement between interdisciplinary teams of professionals in rating the functional abilities of children with disabilities. 129 children were rated on the ABILITIES index by 72 professionals working in nine developmental evaluation centers. Independent individual ratings were made first, followed by a consensus rating. Team members had a high degree of agreement on independent ratings of abilities and limitations, with nearly 90 per cent of the ratings within one point of each other. More disagreement was associated with rating areas of behavior and communication, team experience and increased severity of disability. The team's consensus ratings were more likely to defer to the ratings of the expert in particular areas. Implications for team assessment and team functioning are discussed


Bailey, D., Buysse, V., Simeonsson, RJ., Smith, T., & Keyes, L. (1995). Individual and team consensus ratings of child functioning. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 37(3), 246-259. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-8749.1995.tb11999.x