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Development and Validation of the Stroke Knowledge Test

Sullivan, Karen A. & Dunton, Natalie J. (2004) Development and Validation of the Stroke Knowledge Test. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 11(3), pp. 19-28.

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Abstract

Purpose: To develop a measure of stroke knowledge (the Stroke Knowledge Test [SKT]) using a systematic test construction process and to investigate the psychometric properties of this test. There are relatively few published measures of stroke knowledge, and, of those that exist, relatively little is documented about test construction or psychometric properties. Such tests are important for evaluation of stroke education programs. Method: Test construction involved systematic generation of pilot test items, expert review of pilot items, and calculation of pilot item properties. After final item selection, two experiments were conducted to determine if the SKT was sensitive to varying levels of stroke knowledge and to estimate the reliability of the test. Results: The final version of the test included 20 items with good content coverage, acceptable item properties, and positive expert review ratings. Results from psychometric investigations suggest that SKT has relatively good reliability (internal consistency and test–retest reliability) and construct validity (i.e., SKT scores significantly increased after stroke education (cf. nonstroke education), and community-dwelling older adults who had a relative with stroke (and more prior exposure to stroke information) scored higher on the SKT than those without a stroke relative). Conclusion: Findings provide preliminary support for the SKT as a valid and reliable tool for assessing stroke knowledge. The SKT may be used to identify individual information needs of stroke survivors and their caregivers or as a tool to evaluate group- or community-based stroke education programs. Key words: Stroke knowledge, rehabilitation, patient education, stroke education

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ID Code: 5539
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Access to the author manuscript version is currently restricted pending permission from the publisher. For more information, please refer to the publisher's website (link above) or contact the author: ka.sullivan@qut.edu.au
Keywords: Stroke knowledge, rehabilitation, patient education, stroke education, Sullivan
DOI: 10.1310/RED5-V47T-8MJN-JY9H
ISSN: 1074-9357
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Thomas Land Publishers
Deposited On: 07 Jun 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:05

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