Validation of the Muscle Tightness Measurement Tool

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Background and Purpose: For nurses, muscle tightness is an important aspect of patient care, but no bedside tool is available that allows them to measure it. Therefore, a standardized tool that measures muscle tightness is needed. The purpose of this study was to validate a tool to measure muscle tightness. Methods: Using Delphi technique and quantitative design, the tool was validated in two phases. The phase 1 included 20 expert clinicians who established content validity with Lawshe's rating. In phase 2, divergent validity was established by administering the tool to one group that had muscle tightness (n = 26) and one group that did not (n = 20). Results: Findings indicate that the muscle tightness measurement tool has content and divergent validity. Conclusions: Further tool refinement with validity and reliability studies are recommended for clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)106-120
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Nursing Measurement
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 17 2020

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  • content validity
  • divergent validity
  • measurement
  • muscle tightness
  • tool

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Comparative Study


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