Working with patients and providers of healthcare to construct a questionnaire that will provide a valid and reliable measure of dignity and privacy for older patients staying in NHS hospitals.

Duncan, Eleanor (2008) Working with patients and providers of healthcare to construct a questionnaire that will provide a valid and reliable measure of dignity and privacy for older patients staying in NHS hospitals. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Background and Aim: Dignity is a high priority on quality improvement agendas following its inclusion in the NHS Plan (DH 2000) and the clinical governance agenda (DH 1998). A focused systematic literature review demonstrated that there are no existing questionnaires that measure the extent to which patients���¢�������� dignity and privacy is promoted in healthcare contexts. The aim of the study was to work with patients and providers of healthcare to construct a questionnaire that would provide a valid and reliable measure of dignity and privacy for patients staying in NHS hospitals.

Methods: A critical appraisal of the literature revealed the key features of dignity and privacy, enabling the generation of evidence-based questions to produce the first draft of the questionnaire. This was then circulated among expert groups, including patients and providers of healthcare (accessed via a Trust���¢��������s Patient Partnership Group meeting) and experienced researchers (accessed via an international academic conference), enabling the face validity and content validity of the questionnaire to be tested. Comments made by these expert groups were collected and analysed and the questionnaire adapted accordingly, to produce the second draft. This was then piloted at a local NHS teaching hospital using a small sample of patients (n=50) to test the usability, internal reliability and construct validity of the questionnaire.

Results: A number of statistical analyses were undertaken and the scale was found to have an Alpha coefficient of .83. However, the validity and reliability of the questionnaire could not be verified due to the small sample size. The results were generally encouraging and helped to highlight various aspects of the instrument that required further attention. This led to the modification of the questionnaire to produce the third draft.

Conclusions: The process of involving patients and providers of healthcare was successful in enabling the construction of a meaningful and usable questionnaire, which is ready for further (large-scale) pilot work in order to verify its validity and reliability.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Keywords: MNursSci, Master of Nursing Science, Questionnaire, Privacy, Elderley
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2008
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2016 14:37
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/22530

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