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Extending the assessment of patient-centredness in health care

Extending the assessment of patient-centredness in health care: Development of the updated Valuing Patients as Individuals Scale using exploratory factor analysis

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Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Clinical Nursing
Early online date12 Apr 2017
StateE-pub ahead of print - 12 Apr 2017


Aims and objectives: To update and re-validate the Valuing Patients as Individuals Scale for use as a patient appraisal of received healthcare.
Background: Healthcare in the United Kingdom and beyond is required to deliver high quality, person-centred care that is clinically effective and safe. However, patient experience is not uniform, and complaints often focus on the way patients have been treated. Legislation in United Kingdom requires health services to gather and use patients' evaluations of care to improve services.
Design: This study uses scoping literature reviews, cognitive testing of questionnaire items with patient and healthcare staff focus groups, and exploratory factor analysis.
Methods/Setting/Participants: Data were collected from 790 participants across 34 wards in two acute hospitals in one National Health Service Health Board in Scotland from September 2011–February 2012. Ethics and Research and Development approval were obtained.
Results: Fifty six unique items identified through literature review were added to 72 original Valuing Patients as Individuals Scale items. Face validity interviews removed ambiguous or low relevance items leaving 88 items for administration to patients. Two hundred and ninety questionnaires were returned, representing 37% response rate, 71 were incomplete. Thus 219 complete data were used for Exploratory Factor Analysis with varimax orthogonal rotation. This revealed a 31 item, three factor solution, Care and Respect; Understanding and Engagement; Patient Concerns, with good reliability, concurrent and discriminant validity in terms of gender. A shortened 10 item measure based on the top 3 or 4 loading items on each scale was comparable.
Conclusions: The Updated Valuing Patients as Individuals Scale is sufficiently developed to capture patient appraisals of received care.



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