Development of a reliable, valid measure to assess parents' and teachers' understanding of postural care for children with physical disabilities: the (UKC PostCarD) questionnaire
Hotham, S., Hutton, E. and Hamilton-West, K. 2015. Development of a reliable, valid measure to assess parents' and teachers' understanding of postural care for children with physical disabilities: the (UKC PostCarD) questionnaire. Child: Care, Health and Development. https://doi.org/10.1111/cch.12242
|Authors||Hotham, S., Hutton, E. and Hamilton-West, K.|
Background: Previous research has highlighted a lack of knowledge, understanding and confidence among parents and teachers responsible for the postural care of children with a physical disability. Interventions designed to improve these qualities require a reliable and validated tool to assess pre and post intervention levels. Currently, however, no validated measure of postural care confidence (i.e. Self-efficacy) exists. Hence, the aim of this research was to develop a reliable and valid questionnaire to assess parents’ and teachers’ confidence, alongside knowledge and understanding of postural care– the Understanding Knowledge and Confidence in providing POSTural CARe for children with Disabilities (UKC PostCarD) Questionnaire.
Methods: Items were developed by a multidisciplinary team and designed to map onto the content of ‘An A-to-Z of Postural Care’ (Hutton et al., 2009). Parents, teachers and therapists assessed items for face validity; scale reliability was then assessed using Cronbach’s alpha and known-groups validity was assessed by comparing scores of an ‘expert’ group (physiotherapists and occupational therapists) with those of a ‘non-expert’ group (with no formal training in postural care).
|Journal||Child: Care, Health and Development|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1111/cch.12242|
|Funder||East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust|
|National Institute for Health Research|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||13 Apr 2015|
|Accepted||08 Feb 2015|
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