Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Care for the caregiver: The development of a comprehensive needs assessment tool for family practice
by Niccum, Sheryl Anne, D.N.P., Indiana Wesleyan University, 2015, 89; 3743608
Abstract (Summary)

Objective-An efficient assessment of the family caregiver’s needs is rarely completed in a family practice clinical setting, therefore; needs assessment is a valuable approach for determining health services for the caregiver. This Translating Evidence into Nursing Practice Project (TENPP) reports the development and validation of a comprehensive needs assessment tool for family practice.

Method- A 62-item comprehensive caregiver needs assessment survey tool was created through a multidisciplinary team approach, wide-ranging literature review and tested in an affluent family practice setting in suburban Phoenix, AZ.

Results- Principal Component Factor Analysis tested latent variables in the tool’s 10 domains, with acceptable eigenvalues >1.0. Aggregate Kaiser-Meyer-Olkin of.884, indicated the sample was appropriate for factor analysis. Satisfactory internal consistency measured by Cronbach’s alpha of .965 for total scale. Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease Score 121- indicated fifth grade comprehension. Survey length was approximately 11 minutes, with a low fatigue score and an excellent online accessibility.

Conclusion-This TENPP met the objectives outlined in the purpose statement, to design and test a novel comprehensive needs assessment tool for informal caregivers in the family practice setting. The tool was found to be valid and reliable, and pilot testing indicated a large unmet need in the family practice population.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hawkins, Lee Ann
Commitee: Adkins, Lisa
School: Indiana Wesleyan University
Department: Nursing
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-B 77/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Health care management
Keywords: Caregiver, Chronic disease, Family pracitce, Needs assessment
Publication Number: 3743608
ISBN: 978-1-339-36350-9
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