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Assessing health practitioner knowledge of appropriate psychotropic medication use in nursing homes: validation of the Older Age Psychotropic Quiz

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Brown, DT and Westbury, JL, Assessing health practitioner knowledge of appropriate psychotropic medication use in nursing homes: validation of the Older Age Psychotropic Quiz, Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 42, (9) pp. 21-27. ISSN 0098-9134 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3928/00989134-20160701-01

Abstract

Despite widespread concern over psychotropic medication use, their regular administration continues in nursing homes. Consequently, it is vital that health practitioners in this setting have adequate knowledge of appropriate use. The Older Age Psychotropic Quiz (OAPQ) was developed to assess this knowledge, with psychometric testing reported herein. The 10-item OAPQ was constructed after substantial literature review and consultation with 10 experienced senior care professionals. Data from 36 nursing students, 461 nursing home staff, and 30 senior care pharmacists were used for validation analyses. Satisfactory construct validity was identified via the group comparison method (χ2 [2, n = 101] = 79.21, p < 0.001). Internal reliability was strong (alpha = 0.89). Test–retest reliability was acceptable over time (r = 0.77). Factor analysis resulted in a two-factor solution. Psychometric analyses support the OAPQ for use in the nursing home setting.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:psychotropics, nursing home, quiz, knowledge, validation
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health)
Objective Field:Health Related to Ageing
Author:Brown, DT (Ms Donnamay Brown)
Author:Westbury, JL (Dr Juanita Westbury)
ID Code:110424
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2016-07-27
Last Modified:2018-03-29
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