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Psychometric properties of the instrument quality in psychiatric care and descriptions of quality of care among in-patients
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences.
2010 (English)In: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, ISSN 0952-6862, Vol. 23, no 6, p. 554-570Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to test the psychometric properties and dimensionality of a new instrument, quality in psychiatric care (QPC), and to describe and compare quality of care among in-patients as measured by this instrument.

Design/methodology/approach – The instrument quality in psychiatric care measures patients' experiences regarding quality of care. The instrument is based on a definition of quality of care from the patients' perspective. A sample of 265 in-patients at eight general psychiatric wards in Sweden was assessed.

Findings – Exploratory factor analysis revealed that the original five-dimensional 69-item QPC was better with six dimensions and reduced to 30 items, hereinafter denoted quality in psychiatric care-in-patients (QPC-IP) with retained internal consistency. The patients' ratings of quality of care were generally high; the highest rating was for quality of encounter and the lowest for participation.

Research limitations/implications – Analysis of the dropouts was not possible because of incomplete registrations at the wards.

Practical implications – QPC-IP is a simple, inexpensive and quick way to evaluate quality of care and thus contributes to health care improvement in the field of psychiatry.

Originality/value – The new 30 items instrument, QPC-IP includes important aspects of patients' perceptions of quality of care. The QPC-IP is psychometrically adequate and thus recommended for evaluating patients' experiences of the quality of psychiatric care.

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2010. Vol. 23, no 6, p. 554-570
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-13727DOI: 10.1108/09526861011060924OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-13727DiVA: diva2:386767
Available from: 2011-01-13 Created: 2011-01-13 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved

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