Psychometric testing of the revised 'families’ importance in nursing care - nurses' attitudes instrument

Mackie, Benjamin R. and Marshall, Andrea and Mitchell, Marion and Ireland, Michael J. (2017) Psychometric testing of the revised 'families’ importance in nursing care - nurses' attitudes instrument. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 74 (2). pp. 482-490. ISSN 0309-2402

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Background: The validity of instruments is crucial in ensuring that data collected are sound and that these data represents what the instrument claims to measure. When an instrument is revised or used in a different population it is useful to re-examine its construct validity.

Aim: To test the psychometrics properties of an instrument - the revised Families' Importance In Nursing Care - Nurses' Attitudes, designed to measure nurse’ attitudes towards involving family in nursing care in an adult acute care setting.

Design and methodology: A cross-sectional survey design was used in April - May 2016 with a sample of Enrolled and Registered Nurses (N = 212) to test the factor structure of the revised Families’ Importance In Nursing - Nurses’ Attitudes instrument. The instrument had 26 items with a five-point Likert response scale. Principle components analysis and exploratory factor analysis were performed with oblique rotations to assess the internal structure of the instrument.

Setting: A regional referral hospital in Queensland, Australia.

Results: Using Principal Components Analysis and Principal Axis Factoring we obtained the same factor structure to that originally identified for the instrument. Our results suggested the removal of six items to refine the instrument and achieve simple structure.

Conclusion: The removal of several items, relabeling of factors and residual cross-loading issues suggests that further revisions to the instrument are needed.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Mackie BR, Marshall A, Mitchell M, Ireland MJ. Psychometric testing of the revised 'Families’ Importance in Nursing Care—Nurses’ Attitudes instrument'. J Adv Nurs. 2018;74:482–490., which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2018 00:53
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2019 04:28
Uncontrolled Keywords: acute care, attitudes, family care, construct validity, factor analysis, family,nursing, psychometric testing and survey
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160807 Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/jan.13442

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