An instrument to assess nurses' and care assistants' self-efficacy to provide a palliative approach to older people in residential aged care: A validation study

Jane Phillips, Yenna Salamonson, Patricia M. Davidson

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Abstract

Objective: This study investigated the psychometric properties of the '. Palliative care self-efficacy scale', an instrument designed to assess clinicians' degree of confidence in engaging in patient and family interactions at the end-of-life. Design: The instrument was administered to 405 aged care professionals employed in nine aged care facilities. Exploratory factor analysis and internal consistency statistics were undertaken. Results: A two-factor solution of the '. Palliative care self-efficacy scale' was extracted with factor loadings above the 0.4 cutoff. Cronbach's alpha of the scale and subscales ranged from 0.87 to 0.92. The '. Palliative care self-efficacy scale' demonstrates good validity and reliability. Conclusions: The '. Palliative care self-efficacy scale' can be a useful tool in assessing and monitoring clinicians' perceived capacity to provide a palliative approach. Further evaluation in other samples and settings is required.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1096-1100
Number of pages5
JournalInternational journal of nursing studies
Volume48
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Continuing
  • Education
  • Factor analysis
  • Nursing
  • Palliative care
  • Statistical
  • Surveys

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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