Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Debriefing for Meaningful Learning Inventory©

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Background Despite recommendations for formal debriefing training, it is unknown how training improves the application of a debriefing method. To assess the application of Debriefing for Meaningful Learning (DML), the previously tested 31-item DML Evaluation Scale© was modified into the 57-item DML Inventory© (DMLI). Methods The DMLI was completed by 234 participants. Data from the 52 application DMLI items were used to conduct a factor analysis confirming the DMLI as a valid measure of DML. Results Confirmatory factor analysis demonstrated a good fit for the DMLI data, supporting a six-class DFactor model classified as the six Es of DML. Conclusions The 52 DMLI application items are a valid measure of DML. Assessment of how debriefing methods are applied after training is needed to advance the science of debriefing practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-20
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Simulation in Nursing
StatePublished - Jan 2018
Externally publishedYes



  • assessment of debriefing
  • debriefing
  • debriefing application
  • debriefing training
  • factor analysis
  • measurement

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