Establishing content validity of a survey research instrument : the older patients in acute care survey - United States

Malmgreen, Christine, Graham, Paula, Shortridge-Baggett, Lillie M., Courtney, Mary D., & Walsh, Anne M. (2009) Establishing content validity of a survey research instrument : the older patients in acute care survey - United States. Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, 25(6), E14-E18.

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Geriatric nursing competency in the acute care setting is a social mandate for the 21st century. This article reports on the content validation of an Australian research instrument, the Older Patients in Acute Care Survey (OPACS) that examines the attitudes, the knowledge, and the practices of nurses working with acute care patients. The OPACS tool was developed primarily to assist nurse educators to assess attitudes, knowledge, and practices of nursing staff in caring for older patients in the acute care setting; to evaluate the implementation of institution-specific educational interventions; and to improve quality of care given to older patients. An overall content validity index (CVI) for the OPACS was calculated (CVI = .918), revealing high content validity. Opinions (CVI = .92) and practices (CVI = .97) subconstructs revealed high content validity as well. Therefore, results indicate that the OPACS has high content validity in the U.S. acute care setting and could assist nurse educators in establishing and enhancing nurse competency in the care for geriatric patients in the future.

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ID Code: 32069
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Nursing, Hospitalized, Acute, Survey Validity
DOI: 10.1097/NND.0b013e3181a689b4
ISSN: 1098-7886
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Aged Care Nursing (111001)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.
Deposited On: 06 May 2010 03:55
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 04:16

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