Te Waka Kuaka, Rasch analysis of a cultural assessment tool in traumatic brain injury in Māori

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Elder, H., Czuba, K., Kersten, P., Caracuel, A. and McPherson, K. 2017. Te Waka Kuaka, Rasch analysis of a cultural assessment tool in traumatic brain injury in Māori. F1000Research. 6 (1034). https://doi.org/10.12688/f1000research.11500.1
AuthorsElder, H., Czuba, K., Kersten, P., Caracuel, A. and McPherson, K.
Abstract

Background

The aim was to examine the validity of a new measure, Te Waka Kuaka, in assessing the cultural needs of Māori with traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Methods

Māori from around Aotearoa, New Zealand were recruited. 319 people with a history of TBI, their whānau (extended family members), friends, work associates, and interested community members participated. All completed the 46-item measure. Rasch analysis of the data was undertaken.

Results

All four subscales; Wā (time), Wāhi (place), Tangata (people) and Wairua practices (activities that strengthen spiritual connection) were unidimensional. Ten items were deleted because they did not fit the model, due to statistically significant disordered thresholds, non-uniform differential item functioning (DIF) and local dependence. Five items were re-scored in the fourth subscale resulting in ordered thresholds.

Conclusions

Rasch analysis facilitated a robust validation process of Te Waka Kuaka.

KeywordsTe Waka Kuaka; Rasch analysis; Traumatic brain injury; TBI; Māori; Cultural needs
Year2017
JournalF1000Research
Journal citation6 (1034)
PublisherF1000Research
ISSN2046-1402
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.12688/f1000research.11500.1
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