Development of the Home Care Client Satisfaction Instrument

Bonnie L. Westra, Laura Cullen, Donna Brody, Patricia Jump, Letitia Geanon, Ellen Milad

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Abstract Client (patient) satisfaction has been studied extensively in the health care sector, yet those receiving home health care services have been the focus of few studies. The purpose of this study was to test the reliability and validity of the Home Care Client Satisfaction Instrument (HCCSI). A total of 400 clients, randomly selected from 20 randomly chosen home care agencies in one state, completed the HCCSI and demographic form. Most respondents were older adults with multiple health problems and their families or informal support systems. Since data were skewed, item analysis was used. The revised instrument (HCCSI‐R) is unidimensional and includes 12 items rated on a 5‐point Likert scale measuring specific aspects of care. In addition, there are three global measures of satisfaction rated on a 10‐point scale. All items except one had significant item‐total correlations greater than .59. The total score correlates with likeliness to recommend the agency to others (.37,p= .0001), showing some evidence for criterion‐related validity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)393-399
Number of pages7
JournalPublic Health Nursing
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1995


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