Article Title

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

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.

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peer-reviewed

 

Link to Publisher Version (DOI)

http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2011.02.015