Annear, MJ and Toye, C and Eccleston, CE and McInerney, FJ and Elliott, KJ and Tranter, BK and Hartley, T and Robinson, AL, Dementia knowledge assessment scale: development and preliminary psychometric properties, American Geriatrics Society Journal, 63, (11) pp. 2375-2381. ISSN 0002-8614 (2015) [Refereed Article]
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OBJECTIVES: To develop a reliable and valid dementia knowledge scale to address limitations of existing measures, support knowledge evaluation in diverse populations, and inform educational intervention development.
DESIGN: A five-stage, systematic scale development process was employed to construct and assess the psychometric properties of the Dementia Knowledge Assessment Scale (DKAS).
SETTING: Data for the study were generated in an online environment and during clinical dementia care placements from Australian (n = 1,321) and international respondents (n = 446).
PARTICIPANTS: Volunteers from a dementia-related massive open online course (n = 1,651), medical students on clinical placement in a residential aged care facility (n = 40), and members of the Australian health workforce (n = 76).
MEASUREMENTS: Psychometric properties of the DKAS were established using a literature review to assess the veracity of scale items, respondent feedback during pilot testing, a Delphi study with dementia experts, construction and review by an expert panel, evaluation of item difficulty, item-total and interitem correlations. Principal components analysis (PCA) was also performed along with measures of test-retest reliability, internal consistency, construct validity, and concurrent validity.
RESULTS: The pilot DKAS was reduced from 40 to 27 items during analysis. PCA identified four distinct and interpretable factors. The revised DKAS displays high levels of test-retest reliability; internal consistency; and preliminary construct, concurrent, and factorial validity.
CONCLUSION: The 27-item DKAS is reliable and shows preliminary validity for the assessment of knowledge deficiencies and change in those who provide care and treatment for people with dementia.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||Interprofessional education, pre-qualifying, interprofessional care, surveys|
|Research Division:||Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Health services and systems|
|Research Field:||Aged health care|
|Objective Group:||Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)|
|Objective Field:||Health related to ageing|
|UTAS Author:||Annear, MJ (Dr Michael Annear)|
|UTAS Author:||Toye, C (Associate Professor Christine Toye)|
|UTAS Author:||Eccleston, CE (Dr Claire Eccleston)|
|UTAS Author:||McInerney, FJ (Professor Fran McInerney)|
|UTAS Author:||Elliott, KJ (Dr Kate-Ellen Elliott)|
|UTAS Author:||Tranter, BK (Professor Bruce Tranter)|
|UTAS Author:||Hartley, T (Dr Thomas Hartley)|
|UTAS Author:||Robinson, AL (Professor Andrew Robinson)|
|Web of Science® Times Cited:||40|
|Deposited By:||Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre|
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