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The information needs of patients with head and neck cancer and their caregivers: a short report of instrument development and testing

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Dall'Armi, L and Simpson, GK and Forstner, D and Simpson, T and Roydhouse, J and White, KJ, The information needs of patients with head and neck cancer and their caregivers: a short report of instrument development and testing, Applied Nursing Research, 26, (1) pp. 40-44. ISSN 0897-1897 (2013) [Refereed Article]

Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/...

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.apnr.2012.08.001

Abstract

Purpose: The study aimed to assess the reliability and scaling assumptions of an information needs questionnaire for patients with head and neck cancer and their caregivers.

Background: Patients with HNC have specific information needs but no tools exist that can simultaneously assess the needs among these patients and their caregivers.

Methods: The Head and Neck Information Needs Questionnaire (HaNiQ) was adapted from a validated information needs questionnaire for breast cancer patients. Participants were recruited from two regionally-defined cancer services in NSW, Australia. Internal consistency reliability was assessed using Cronbach's alpha. Scaling assumptions, specifically item convergent and discriminant validity, were assessed using multi-trait scaling analysis.

Results: The HaNiQ showed good internal consistency reliability for both patients and caregivers (Cronbach's alpha=0.94 for both) and scaling assumptions were met, with acceptable item convergent and discriminant validity.

Conclusions: The HaNiQ appears reliable, and would benefit from further testing.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:head and neck cancer, information needs, caregivers
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Oncology and carcinogenesis
Research Field:Oncology and carcinogenesis not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health outcomes
UTAS Author:Roydhouse, J (Dr Jessica Roydhouse)
ID Code:137368
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2020-02-11
Last Modified:2020-04-16
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