Validating a Research Tool: An Exemplar of the Older Patients in Acute Care Survey (OPACS) from Australia to the United States

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Validating a Research Tool: An Exemplar of the Older Patients in Acute Care Survey (OPACS) from Australia to the United States
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Validating a Research Tool: An Exemplar of the Older Patients in Acute Care Survey (OPACS) from Australia to the United States
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2006
Author:Malmgreen, Christine, MA, RN-BC, CHES
P.I. Institution Name:HUdson Valley Hospital Center
Co-Authors:Lillie M. Shortridge-Baggett, RN, EdD, FAAN, FNAP; Mary Courtney, PhD; Anne M. Walsh, MHSc; Paula L. Graham, MS, RN
Geriatric competency in acute care is a 21st century mandate. The feasibility of using an Australian instrument developed by Courtney, Tong, and Walsh to examine  attitudes, knowledge and practices of nurses working with acute care patients in the United States was explored using a systematic approach to appraise validity.  This study was designed to assess the psychometric properties of the Older Patients in Acute Care Survey (OPACS) for its use with a US population.  The process began with securing the tool from these Australian researchers, having it reviewed by focus groups of practicing nurses and then re-evaluated by a panel of experts in geriatric practice in the US to establish content validity.  The next step was to assess reliability by administering the survey to nurses working in an acute care setting with elderly (65 or older) patients.  Statistical analysis revealed an initial Cronbach's alpha for two new scales developed by the Australian researchers were Practice Experience 0.888; General Opinion/Knowledge 0.904. Further tool refinement continues at another facility.  On-going communication with the original researchers enriches the process. This study has a number of important outcomes.  It provides information on the underlying survey instrument addressing such issues as format, clarity, instructions, administration and the validity of the practice, knowledge and opinion domains of nurses practicing in acute care.  In addition, this study will provide a contribution to the emerging need for targeted educational programs as the elderly patient population in acute care settings grows world wide.  These surveys will function as important pre-test/post-test tools to assess the effectiveness of training programs for nurses and other health care workers who will have on-going needs to augment geriatric competency.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleValidating a Research Tool: An Exemplar of the Older Patients in Acute Care Survey (OPACS) from Australia to the United Statesen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/153653-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Validating a Research Tool: An Exemplar of the Older Patients in Acute Care Survey (OPACS) from Australia to the United States</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2006</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Malmgreen, Christine, MA, RN-BC, CHES</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">HUdson Valley Hospital Center</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">cmalmgreen@hvhc.org</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Lillie M. Shortridge-Baggett, RN, EdD, FAAN, FNAP; Mary Courtney, PhD; Anne M. Walsh, MHSc; Paula L. Graham, MS, RN</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Geriatric competency in acute care is a 21st century mandate. The feasibility of using an Australian instrument developed by Courtney, Tong, and Walsh to examine&nbsp; attitudes, knowledge and practices of nurses working with acute care patients in the United States was explored using a systematic approach to appraise validity.&nbsp; This study was designed to assess the psychometric properties of the Older Patients in Acute Care Survey (OPACS) for its use with a US population.&nbsp; The process began with securing the tool from these Australian researchers, having it reviewed by focus groups of practicing nurses and then re-evaluated by a panel of experts in geriatric practice in the US to establish content validity.&nbsp; The next step was to assess reliability by administering the survey to nurses working in an acute care setting with elderly (65 or older) patients.&nbsp; Statistical analysis revealed an initial Cronbach's alpha for two new scales developed by the Australian researchers were Practice Experience 0.888; General Opinion/Knowledge 0.904. Further tool refinement continues at another facility.&nbsp; On-going communication with the original researchers enriches the process. This study has a number of important outcomes.&nbsp; It provides information on the underlying survey instrument addressing such issues as format, clarity, instructions, administration and the validity of the practice, knowledge and opinion domains of nurses practicing in acute care.&nbsp; In addition, this study will provide a contribution to the emerging need for targeted educational programs as the elderly patient population in acute care settings grows world wide.&nbsp; These surveys will function as important pre-test/post-test tools to assess the effectiveness of training programs for nurses and other health care workers who will have on-going needs to augment geriatric competency.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T12:25:13Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T12:25:13Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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