Background: There is a need for an instrument to measure the psychosocial burden of receiving an abnormal cervical cytology result which can be used regardless of the clinical management women receive.
Methods: 3331 women completed the POSM as part of baseline psychosocial assessment in a trial of management of low grade cervical cytological abnormalities. Factor analysis and reliability assessment of the POSM were conducted.
Results: Two factors were extracted from the POSM: Factor 1, containing items related to worry; and Factor 2 containing items relating to satisfaction with information and support received and change in the way women felt about themselves. Factor 1 had good reliability (Cronbach's alpha 0.769), however reliability of the Factor 2 was poorer(0.482). Data collected at four subsequent time points demonstrated that the factor structure was stable over time.
Conclusion: This study demonstrates the presence and reliability of a scale measuring worries within the POSM. This analysis will inform its future use in this population and in other related contexts.
- Cost of Illness
- Factor Analysis, Statistical
- Great Britain
- Middle Aged
- Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care)
- Quality of Life
- Reproducibility of Results
- Self Concept
- Stress, Psychological
- Uterine Cervical Diseases
- Young Adult