Forgetfulness: What's normal, what's not - knowledge test development and psychometrics

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/163456
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Forgetfulness: What's normal, what's not - knowledge test development and psychometrics
Author(s):
Russell, Gail; Mahoney, Diane Feeney; Tarlow, Barbara
Author Details:
Gail E. Russell, EdD, RN, CNAA, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, USA, email: grussell@umassd.edu; Diane Feeney Mahoney; Barbara Tarlow
Abstract:
Purpose: This paper reports the development and psychometric properties of a Knowledge Test for Alzheimer's Disease (KTAD) which was created as part of a project to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of a CD-ROM multimedia program to increase viewers' knowledge about the differences between normal forgetfulness and serious memory loss associated with Alzheimer's Disease (AD). A review of the literature revealed no instruments to measure knowledge. The 25-item KTAD is a True/False/Don't Know test of basic knowledge of the early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's Diseases and how to differentiate them from normal forgetfulness. Development of the Instrument: Content of the KTAD was developed through literature review and focus groups with the family members of people recently diagnosed with AD. Sixty-eight test items were developed, reviewed for appropriate reading level, edited for technical jargon, and then piloted with two groups: 17 home health aides and 35 senior citizen attending a program at the University. Items that produced predominately correct or incorrect answers were deleted. Items that produced a variation in answers were retained. Finally, 25 items that addressed key content identified in the literature review and focus groups were retained. Methods: The KTAD was administered to 113 adults recruited from the community who were concerned about memory loss in a family member. The psychometric properties of KTAD were evaluated. The Alpha coefficient for the total sample was .8282. The Muthan and Muthan test for non-normal variations confirmed internal consistency. Results: The KTAD demonstrates promising psychometric integrity. Implications: The need for early diagnosis and management of AD will only increase with demographic trends and presents research and practice opportunities for nursing. The KTAD is brief, user-friendly instrument that can be used to measure general knowledge about AD and its early signs and symptoms. Refinement and adaptation research and clinical assessment is possible.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2002
Conference Name:
14th Annual Scientific Sessions
Conference Host:
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Conference Location:
University Park, Pennsylvania, USA
Note:
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleForgetfulness: What's normal, what's not - knowledge test development and psychometricsen_GB
dc.contributor.authorRussell, Gailen_US
dc.contributor.authorMahoney, Diane Feeneyen_US
dc.contributor.authorTarlow, Barbaraen_US
dc.author.detailsGail E. Russell, EdD, RN, CNAA, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, USA, email: grussell@umassd.edu; Diane Feeney Mahoney; Barbara Tarlowen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/163456-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: This paper reports the development and psychometric properties of a Knowledge Test for Alzheimer's Disease (KTAD) which was created as part of a project to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of a CD-ROM multimedia program to increase viewers' knowledge about the differences between normal forgetfulness and serious memory loss associated with Alzheimer's Disease (AD). A review of the literature revealed no instruments to measure knowledge. The 25-item KTAD is a True/False/Don't Know test of basic knowledge of the early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's Diseases and how to differentiate them from normal forgetfulness. Development of the Instrument: Content of the KTAD was developed through literature review and focus groups with the family members of people recently diagnosed with AD. Sixty-eight test items were developed, reviewed for appropriate reading level, edited for technical jargon, and then piloted with two groups: 17 home health aides and 35 senior citizen attending a program at the University. Items that produced predominately correct or incorrect answers were deleted. Items that produced a variation in answers were retained. Finally, 25 items that addressed key content identified in the literature review and focus groups were retained. Methods: The KTAD was administered to 113 adults recruited from the community who were concerned about memory loss in a family member. The psychometric properties of KTAD were evaluated. The Alpha coefficient for the total sample was .8282. The Muthan and Muthan test for non-normal variations confirmed internal consistency. Results: The KTAD demonstrates promising psychometric integrity. Implications: The need for early diagnosis and management of AD will only increase with demographic trends and presents research and practice opportunities for nursing. The KTAD is brief, user-friendly instrument that can be used to measure general knowledge about AD and its early signs and symptoms. Refinement and adaptation research and clinical assessment is possible.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:07:54Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:07:54Z-
dc.conference.date2002en_US
dc.conference.name14th Annual Scientific Sessionsen_US
dc.conference.hostEastern Nursing Research Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationUniversity Park, Pennsylvania, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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