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Validation of the measure of processes of care for use when there is no Child Development Centre

Lookup NU author(s): Emerita Professor Helen McConachie


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Introduction. Clinical governance requires measurement of the outcomes of health care. The Measure of Processes of Care (MPOC; King, Rosenbaum & King 1995) is a postal questionnaire developed in Canada to reflect parents' perceptions of the quality of services received. Aim. To examine the usefulness of the MPOC for the evaluation of services for children with disabilities and their families. Methods. The MPOC was revised minimally for British idiom, taking out explicit references to a 'Centre'. Surveys of parents using child disability services were carried out in three rural and two urban communities, where there are no Child Development Centres, with a total of 495 analysable questionnaires returned. In addition, 32 parents using a home nursing service for children with multiple disabilities completed questionnaires. Results. The rate of return ranged from 49% to 67%. Factor analysis confirmed a five-factor solution but only one factor mapped clearly onto the Canadian structure. Using the revised structure, the surveys provide evidence of the discriminating potential of the MPOC, comparing the perceptions of parents who do or do not have a care coordinator, and comparing recipients of a home nursing service with matched users of general services. Conclusions. The MPOC can be used as a measure of outcome for child disability services of differing organizational structures.

Publication metadata

Author(s): McConachie H, Logan S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Child: Care, Health and Development

Year: 2003

Volume: 29

Issue: 1

Pages: 35-45

Print publication date: 01/01/2003

ISSN (print): 0305-1862

ISSN (electronic): 1365-2214

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing


DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2214.2003.00314.x

PubMed id: 12534565


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