This study examined the perceptions of the effectiveness of communication from nurses and physicians to their patients in a survey of 1054 patients in a rural community hospital. Results revealed perceptions of nurse and physician communication effectiveness to be well above average in this setting. The nursing mean was 4.65 on a 1:5 Likert scale (95% C. I. = 4.51-4.70, S. D. = 0.72), reflecting negative skewness (-2.58, kurtosis = 7.64). The physician mean was 4.57 on a 1:5 Likert scale (95% C. I. = 4.52-4.62, S. D. = 0.85), reflecting negative skewness (-2.529, kurtosis = 6.81). Cronbach's alpha was 0.63. Spearman correlation (rs = 0.513) and the two sample t-test (p = 0.981) supported a correlation between nursing and physician scores. Spearman correlation of nursing scores and age of the patient (0.1) and physician scores and age of the patient (0.09) did not support statistical significance.
|Commitee:||Groves, Michael, Knight, Thomas|
|School:||Mountain State University|
|Department:||Nursing Administration and Education|
|School Location:||United States -- West Virginia|
|Source:||MAI 45/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
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