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Development of a scale to assess nurses' knowledge of stroke: A pilot study

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Lois Thomas, Kate Harrington, Monica Smith, Emeritus Professor Senga Bond


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Objective: To develop and test an evidence-based scale to assess nurses' knowledge of stroke. Design: Question development by a multidisciplinary group of experts in stroke. Two self-completion questionnaire surveys. Setting: Two stroke units, one general medical and two elderly care wards in three hospitals in the North-East of England. Subjects: Fifty-eight qualified nurses. Interventions: Scale to assess nurses' knowledge of stroke. Results: The overall response rate was 60%. Nurses on stroke units knew more about stroke than those in medical/elderly care wards. The scale was capable of discriminating between stroke units and medical/elderly care wards: mean difference was 4.18 (95% confidence intervals 1.68-6.69; p < 0.001). Cronbach's α was 0.7 indicating adequate internal consistency. Item non-response did not exceed 10% for any question. Conclusions: We have developed a knowledge of stroke scale capable of discriminating between nurses based in stroke units and medical/elderly care wards, with low item non-response and adequate internal consistency. The scale is suitable for use as a component of studies evaluating the nursing of stroke patients.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Harrington K; Thomas LH; Smith M; Bond S; Rogers H; Langhorne P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Clinical Rehabilitation

Year: 1999

Volume: 13

Issue: 6

Pages: 518-526

Print publication date: 01/06/1999

ISSN (print): 0269-2155

ISSN (electronic): 1477-0873

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.


DOI: 10.1191/026921599673722884

PubMed id: 10588539


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