Measuring continuity of elders' posthospital care

Margaret J. Bull, Danni Luo, Geoffrey M. Maruyama

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Abstract

Continuity of care is a critical component of quality patient care, yet the paucity of reliable and valid measures of continuity of care make it difficult to ascertain the extent to which continuity has been achieved. The purpose of this article is to describe the development of an instrument to measure continuity of care that incorporates the perspectives of elders hospitalized for a chronic illness and their family caregivers. The instrument was used, and its reliability and validity examined, in a series of studies related to elders' posthospital transition. Elders in the studies ranged in age from 55 to 94 years. The findings supported content and construct validity, internal consistency reliability, and ability to detect changes in the same subjects at different points in time for the care management and services subscales. With further refinement, the continuity of provider and conflicting information subscales might also facilitate assessment of care continuity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-60
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Nursing Measurement
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000

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